Two young pedestrians die in separate Easter accidents

TWO pedestrians in their 20s have been killed after being knocked down in South Yorkshire in separate incidents over the Easter weekend.

Leonie Louise Davies

On Friday, a 25-year-old woman was hit by a white Renault articulated lorry as she walked along Pontefract Road in Barnsley at 5.15am.

The victim, who was taken to hospital for treatment but died hours later, was yesterday named by police as Leonie Louise Davies from Barnsley.

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Friends and family of Ms Davies paid tribute to her online. One wrote: “Totally shocked!! You was a party animal that would always know how to cheer anyone up, with your crazy and caring ways.

“Have so many memories of you from school, one thing that I always noticed was that you always had a smile on your face. You will be missed but always remembered and held close in all our hearts. My thoughts are with your family.”

South Yorkshire Police have also revealed that a 23-year-old man was killed on Sunday after being hit by a black Audi A5 in Trafford Way, Doncaster. He was taken to hospital after the collision at 3.45pm near the junction with West Street but died hours later.

The Audi driver, a 19-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for information about both crashes and are asking witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman said: “It is thought Ms Davies had been walking with a man and a woman when the crash happened, at the junction of Wycombe Street in Lundwood. Did you see three people walking in the area at the time? Or perhaps you saw the lorry before the crash?”

Anyone who saw the Doncaster crash, or saw the Audi in the run-up to the incident, is also asked to contact police.

Witnesses to either of the two crashes should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.