Former mayor of Bolton killed in hit-and-run crash as she crossed road

Former mayor of Bolton is killed in hit-and-run crash after being struck by black Audi as she crossed road

  • Former Bolton mayoress Gay Wharton, 58, was killed in hit-and-run on Friday
  • She was struck by a black Audi and died at the scene and the driver failed to stop 
  • A 23-year-old man has been arrested and police are appealing to witnesses 

The former mayor of Bolton was killed in hit-and-run crash after being struck by black Audi as she crossed the road on Friday. 

Former town mayoress Gay Wharton was struck by a black Audi as she crossed Chorley New Road near Bolton School at around midday on November 13.

The 58-year-old grandmother died at the scene and the driver of the car, which was travelling north-easterly, failed to stop, police said.  

Former Bolton mayoress Gay Wharton, 58, was killed in hit-and-run as she crossed Chorley New Road near Bolton School at around midday on Friday

Bolton’s current mayor Cllr Linda Thomas said her loss was ‘devastating’ for both the council and Bolton in a tribute on Twitter.

She said Ms Wharton was ‘great at bringing people together’ and praised her for her work with domestic abuse charity Fortalice Bolton. 

Cllr Thomas added: ‘Loved by all for her kindness and passion to help. A wonderful person, we’re all so sad.’

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody for questioning.

Sergeant Andrew Page, from Greater Manchester Police’s serious collision investigation unit, said: ‘A woman has sadly lost her life following this incident and our thoughts remain with her family and loved ones as they come to terms with this awful news.

‘This collision happened in broad daylight so we want to appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time to come forward and assist police with our inquiries.

‘We’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or may have dash-cam footage of the vehicle in question. Please come forward and speak to police.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1019 of 13/11/2020.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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