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Family's devastation as Northern Ireland mum is knocked down by car and killed in Scotland

By Staff Reporter

A Northern Ireland woman described as a "feisty, beautiful mum" has died after she was struck by a car in Scotland.

Jogger Sharon Baines (53), formerly of Carrickfergus, died following an incident involving a Ford Fiesta at Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh early on Tuesday.

She was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment, but died in hospital later that day.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Mrs Baines' family said yesterday: "Sharon went out for a run as she did every morning.

"She never came home, as she was terribly taken from us.

"She was a feisty, beautiful mum for whom family was more important than anything.

"Her two children and husband are devastated that she is no longer here."

The Lothians and Scottish Borders police are investigating the incident, and a report will be sent to Scotland's Procurator Fiscal.

Mrs Baines worked as a campus financial controller at the University of Edinburgh.

Her daughter Megan, a veterinary medicine student at the same university, appealed through social media for anyone who witnessed the fatal incident to come forward.

Placing an image of a broken heart on her Twitter feed, she posted: "Please - if anyone saw anything or knows anyone who did, we would really appreciate it."

Sergeant Gary Taylor of the Lothians and Scottish Borders Road Policing Unit said: "Our thoughts are with Sharon's family as they come to terms with their tragic loss.

"Inquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing. I'm appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this collision, or has any other information that can help with our investigation, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Mrs Baines was originally from Davy's Street in the Co Antrim town.

She was the daughter of Margaret and the late Jackie McClean.

A funeral notice for the mother-of-two has been placed in today's Belfast Telegraph by her heartbroken brothers, sisters-in-law and their families.

"May the winds of love blow softly and whisper in your ear, that we will always love you and wish that you were here.

"God bless Sharon," it reads.

Tributes were paid to Mrs Baines in the Facebook page of the Lothians and Borders police.

Lee Allan wrote: "Rest in peace Sharon.

"I saw this lady run every day on the way to work, thought she was amazing to be out doing it every morning and in all weather.

"My thoughts are with all her family and friends. So, so sad."

A friend of Mrs Baines' children, Fiona Thomson, wrote: "So sorry. RIP. Sharon was a lovely and very caring person and will be greatly missed .

"Sending lots of hugs to Megan and Alistair."

Local woman Kirsten Adamson said: "I used to see her (Sharon) run every morning on my commute and we often passed each other when I was on my bike.

"This is very sad news, my sincere condolences to her family."

No details of Mrs Baines' funeral arrangements have yet been released.

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