Belfast Telegraph

'Determined' pensioner died after being hit while walking between cars on a busy road

By Angela Rainey

A pensioner who died after a collision with a car as she weaved across a road in traffic was a determined and independent woman, a Coroner's Court heard.

Elizabeth Moore (83) had been shopping on Main Street in Portglenone on March 31 last year when she walked into the path of a car as she crossed the busy road.

A widow of 37 years, Mrs Moore - also known as Lizzie - never remarried nor had children and remained fiercely independent, the inquest heard

Despite bad weather she had visited the shops around 10am that day, and although she was around 30 metres from a pedestrian crossing, she made her way swiftly across the car lanes instead.

She passed between two vehicles which were stationary in traffic at the time, one driven by witness David Clark, before stepping out into an oncoming lane obscured by a large white van.

Security camera footage taken from outside McKnight's Jewellers showed Mrs Moore, who wore a hearing aid, shielding her face with her hood.

A split second later she accidentally ploughed into the driver's side of a Vauxhall Cavalier. Mr Clark described Mrs Moore crossing the road swiftly as "a woman on a mission, who seemed to be walking with determination".

Ann McCurdy, who was driving the Cavalier at around 15mph in the 30mph zone, heard a "thud" and brought the vehicle to a halt in three seconds. Witnesses, three of whom were nurses, rushed to the aid of Mrs Moore, who was conscious, and Mrs McCurdy, who was hysterical with shock.

An ambulance crew assessed Mrs Moore, who did not complain of pain despite having sustained a fractured skull and broken shoulder.

She was taken to Antrim Area Hospital. But the pensioner's condition deteriorated and she passed away on April 9.

After the hearing Mrs McCurdy, who was not at fault for the accident but who said she remains affected by it, offered her condolences to Mrs Moore's family.

Mrs Moore's niece Karen Marks described her aunt as a popular member of the Church of Ireland congregation in Portglenone and of Ahoghill Ladies Orange Lodge.

"She was a well-known and well-respected woman," she explained. "Her life revolved around the church and she was devout and very kind-hearted. She loved being part of the lodge and had all the parades marked down for the year, she would never miss one.

"Everyone knew her, you would see Lizzie in the town shopping, she was very fit and quite tall at 5ft 7in.

"She walked everywhere, she was always on the go. She loved dogs, had quite a few and would give them funny names like Tootsie and Gizmo, which made us laugh.

"But mostly she was a very determined woman, once she had something in her head there was no changing it. She was very strong and independent, a real lovely lady, really."

Coroner Paddy McGurgan said: "This is a reminder to us all to exercise more caution. I would urge pedestrians to use crossings where possible and for drivers to remain alert on the road."

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