The store manager of Mobility and Lifestyle’s Bedworth showroom has paid tribute to one of its customers, described as a “lovely lady” who would regularly visit the shop for a chat.
Jessie Whitehead, 74, was hit by a marked police car that had been responding to an emergency call when she was riding on a mobility scooter.
Police officers gave first aid at the scene prior to the arrival of paramedics. She was taken to hospital by ambulance but died in hospital.
David Greenwood, store manager at Mobility and Lifestyle, said Ms Whitehead bought the odd item from the shop but would pop in every day for a chat regardless.
“She was one of those who would be in and out of town every day and would always come into the shop,” he said.
“She used to bring along cakes and biscuits and tell me to close the door when it was cold. She was basically just a lovely lady.
“It’s hard to get your head around it because you’re so used to seeing her every day that even now you kind of just expect to see her going past.”
In a separate post on Mobility and Lifestyle’s Facebook page, the company said: “All the team are devasted to hear the dreadful news of the passing of Jessie Whitehead, a long-term customer and friend of Mobility and Lifestyle.
“A real character who will be sorely missed around the community. All our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.”
Shortly following the incident, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said it would be carrying out an investigation.
IOPC regional director, Derrick Campbell, said: “We have begun an investigation into the circumstances of this tragic collision. I send my sympathies to the family and friends of Jessie Whitehead and everyone affected by the sad events.