Joyride crash victim Jill Pirrie was ‘kindest person on earth’

Jill Pirrie, who was killed on Thursday after being struck by a Ford Ka driven by a teenage boy. Picture: Police Scotland
Jill Pirrie, who was killed on Thursday after being struck by a Ford Ka driven by a teenage boy. Picture: Police Scotland

THE MOTHER of a nurse who was struck and killed by a car involved in a police chase has described her daughter as “the kindest person on earth”.

Jill Pirrie, 33, was making her way home from work at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary on Thursday evening when she was hit by a Ford Ka that was being pursued by officers.

The mother-of-one was treated at the scene but later died at the hospital where she worked.

Four people were traced on Friday in connection with the incident on Old Dalkeith Road. Police have not released details of their ages but reports have suggested they are all teenagers.

Ms Pirrie’s mother Brenda McDonald, 64, from Edinburgh, said the family would rally round to protect Jill’s five-year-old son. “Jill was loved by everyone who knew her, but most especially by her close family,” she said.

“We will miss her more than words can express. She was the kindest person on earth.”

Ms McDonald also said she wants to know “exactly what happened.

“I want every single detail and there is no way that I am going to allow things to be left like this,” she said.

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“I am in a terrible state as are all of the family. It is just impossible to describe the hole this has left in our lives.”

A statement previously released by the family described the nurse as “a loving mother, daughter, partner and friend who will be hugely missed by the many who knew and loved her”.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) is currently reviewing the circumstances that led to Ms Pirrie’s death.

Meanwhile it has emerged that thousands of pounds have been raised for Ms Pirrie’s young son.

A fundraising effort was launched over the weekend and has already collected more than £4,000.

Ms Pirrie did not live with the father of her five-year-old son Matthew, but her mother said she had been in a relationship for the last couple of years.

The theatre nurse is also survived by her brother Keith and her father Ralph.

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