Crash victim Suzanne was a ‘beacon of hope’

THE family of a woman who died in a road crash in Mereworth have paid tribute to the person they de- scribed as a “beacon of hope and strength to all”. Suzanne Maclachlan (pictured)

died on Sunday, August 20, after her red Peugeot 206 was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van in Malling Road. Suzanne, who was 67 and from

the Maidstone area, suffered seri- ous injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in London, but died shortly after arrival. Her family said in a statement:

“Sue loved people and people loved her. Battling stage four lung cancer for over three years, shewas a beacon of hope and strength to all.

“Sue was a spiritualist and a trained healer, who took great pleasure in easing other people’s pain. She loved zumba and had participated in many ‘zumbathons’ to raise money for a number of charities; she had recently raised over £1,000 for the Samantha Dick- son Brain Tumour Trust.

“She will remain loved and missed by all.” Kent Police’s Serious Collision

Investigation Unit has appealed for information about the incident. They were keen to speak to a young man with short dark hair whowas seen near the scene of the collision. There was no suggestion

that he had done anything wrong. He was wearing a red hooded

top with USA on the back and offi- cers believe he may have witnessed the collision. Aman who had been driving the Transit van also suffered injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and on leaving hospital, was interviewed under caution and released from custody pending further investigation. Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the van as it travelled from Hop Farm roundabout in Paddock Wood, along the A228, Seven Mile Lane and the A26, to the scene of the incident. Specifically, officers would like to

speak to the occupants of a black mini, black Citroen, white Ford Fi- esta and a vehicle towing a green horse trailer, who may be able to assist them with their enquiries. Anyone with any information is

asked to call the Serious Crash In- vestigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference number MW/181/17.

News Drug charges

FOUR people, including a couple from Maidstone, have been ar- rested in connection with drugs of- fences in the town. Officers seized what is thought to

be heroin and arrested a 19-year- old from Catford in Brunswick Street on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. A 17-year-old boy from Lewisham was also arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply and a 30-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, from Maidstone, on suspicion of permitting an address to be used for the supply of drugs. All four have been released pending further enquiries.

Spared prison

A MOTORIST who failed to stop after an accident in West Malling has been given a suspended jail sentence and a driving ban. Timothy Colin Bridge, 30, of

Sevenoaks, pleaded guilty to driv- ing his VW Amarok dangerously and failing to stop in St Leonard’s Street on December 12. He as sentenced to 84 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and banned from driving for 18 months. He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Malling September 2017


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