Tributes have been paid to an 85-year-old widow knocked down and killed by a car reversing out of a driveway.
Elizabeth Hossack, who walked with the aid of two sticks, died after being struck by a Toyota Corolla on Golf Course Road in Livingston.
The car was being driven by a mother who was reversing from her drive at around 3.10pm on Thursday.
At the family home yesterday, her son said that it had been an “accident” but explained he could not comment further while the police inquiry was ongoing.
Mrs Hossack – known as Betty – lived only a few hundred yards away in Panton Green and was on her daily walk when the tragic collision took place. She suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbours today described the mother-of-two as a “wonderful soul” who was determined to remain active despite her advancing years.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward. Officers sealed off the road following the incident, with investigators leaving chalk marks on the pavements marking the location where the car hit Mrs Hossack.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “Betty was a wonderful soul. She walked with two sticks but that didn’t stop her. She would go out each afternoon, usually just for 20 minutes around the streets to get some exercise and some fresh air.
“At Christmas she went round the neighbours’ doors to deliver cards herself. She didn’t let her age stop her.”
Another neighbour said: “She was a lovely woman who was still active. She must’ve been out on her daily walk when this happen. It’s a terrible tragedy.”
Mrs Hossack’s retired research chemist husband James passed away in June 2011. The couple were married in Glasgow and had two children, Margaret and George.
Police closed the road for around five hours while they carried out their investigation.
Sergeant Neil Inglis said: “We are currently trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding this collision, which tragically resulted in an elderly woman’s death.
“Anyone with information that can assist us with our inquiries is asked to contact police immediately.”