A woman who sustained serious injuries in a road traffic collision in Poole has very sadly died.

The incident, which occurred in Blandford Road North near Douglas Close, was reported to police at 9.13am on Saturday 6 January 2024. It involved a blue Ford Focus – driven by a local woman aged in her 40s – and a female pedestrian.

The pedestrian – 92-year-old Eileen Symes from Poole – was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries. Very sadly, she died in hospital on Monday 8 January 2024.

Her family are being supported by specially trained officers and have issued the following tribute: “Eileen was a much loved and caring person. She was a strong-willed and independent lady with a love for life. She lived a full and happy life and loved to travel.

“In her retirement years, she had a love for clothes and fashion, and she enjoyed going out for a coffee and a cake whilst out shopping.

“Eileen will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her niece.”

Officers are continuing to investigate the full circumstances of the collision.

Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the Roads Policing Team, said: “Our thoughts go out to the family of Eileen who sadly died at what must be an extremely difficult time for them.

“We owe it to them to carry out a detailed investigation and establish the full circumstances of this collision and I would like to renew our appeal for any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please come forward.

“I am also still keen to hear from anyone who may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam footage.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240002769. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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