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Tributes paid to elderly lady killed after a collision with a lorry in Kilburn

PUBLISHED: 20:00 03 August 2012

Halima Ahmed died in Kilburn High Road

Halima Ahmed died in Kilburn High Road

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Halima Ahmed, 75, died while crossing Kilburn High Road

Friends of an elderly lady killed after a collision with a lorry in Kilburn High Road have paid tribute to a ‘special person’.

Halima Ahmed, was crossing the busy road when she collided with the lorry, she was killed at the scene.

Speaking at her home in Malvern Road, South Kilburn, friends spoke fondly of the Somalian, who many referred to as a ‘second mother’.

Shamsa Hashai, who also lives in Malvern Road, had known her for nearly 16 years. She said: “She was really loved and was like a mother to me; she would always be knocking on people’s doors to have a chat, or popping round for a cup of tea.

“It’s devastating for everybody, we are still in shock.”

The 75-year-old, who lived in Dickens House, was on her way to a Qur’an lesson prior to the incident on July 18.

Mrs Hashai’s daughter, 19-year-old Sam Jama, said: “She was loved by the whole community and will be missed by everyone. “She would always be thinking about others and asking about them, she never wanted to talk about herself.”

Following the incident the driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed to return in November.

Last week, friends and family attended her funeral in Wembley to pay tribute.

Family friend, Habiba Farah said: “I am deeply saddened about the death of Halima, It has left the Somali community devastated, our thoughts and prayers are with her close family and friends.”

Investigating officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Witnesses are asked to call the Road Death Investigation Unit based at Northolt Traffic Garage on 020 8842 1817.


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