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Gay Wharton – Former Bolton Mayoress – Killed in Hit and Run Car Accident

Posted in: Pedestrian Injuries Road Traffic Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Whilst crossing a Chorley New Road in Bolton, Wharton was knocked down in a hit-and-run accident, around 12pm. She was tended to by paramedics, but passed at the scene of the car accident.

Great Manchester Police reported that the car driver failed to stop his black Audi. A 23-year-old man had been detained under the suspicion of dangerous driving, leading to a death.

Wharton, who was in her 50s, actively took part in Bolton’s charity scene, including domestic abuse charity Fortalice. Linda Thomas, Bolton’s current mayor, said she was a “wonderful person” and was “loved by all for her kindness and passion.” The mayor left a Twitter tribute to Wharton, praising her for “bringing people together.”

NHS England head of community, Sam Sherrington, also sent a Tweet in tribute, commending her as a “fabulous people connector,” with “a heart made of gold.” Sital Raja-Arjan, a Bolton business owner, said:

“You will be remembered by your massive heart, your selfless soul, and your passion to help everyone you knew.”

Hit and Run Accidents

Few road traffic accidents are as serious as hit and runs. Not only are pedestrians at serious risk of death, but by denying the victims the immediate attention after a knock-down, it significantly reduces their chances of survival. There is also no protection afforded to pedestrians, whereas car drivers have decades of investment from manufacturers to protect them in the event of collisions.

Whilst most car crashes don’t result in criminal convictions, hit-and-runs see a significant effort from police and the public to hold the person responsible to account. Vulnerable road users need to be given special treatment, as the risks posed to them are significant, especially from those who don’t abide by the rules of the road.

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