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A family has paid tribute to Lulu Ward after it was revealed she was drunk before being hit by a car on the motorway
A family has paid tribute to their ‘lovely girl’ after she was hit by a car on the motorway.
Lulu Ward and her family had been mourning the death of relative Thomas Ward who died on the same stretch of the A1 (M).
The 25-year-old of Bounces Road, Edmonton, attempted to cross the road where her cousin’s flowers laid when she collided with a Vauxhall Corsa in the early hours of April 26, 2013.
Angel Ward, 18, paid tribute to her sister after her inquest on Tuesday and told the Enfield Independent that she still cannot believe her sister has gone.
She said: “My sister Lulu will be sadly missed, and we will never forget her. She was everything, she would be there for you no matter what she was doing or what she had been through, she would always help you out.
“Her family meant everything to her and her world revived around her family. She will be sadly missed, we still can’t get over the fact she is gone, I still can’t believe it.”
Family members had been drinking in the White Lion pub until midnight before Mrs Ward drove her car with three passengers in the Landrover 4x4.
After driving for two miles swerving, she pulled on to the hard shoulder as the three passengers implored her to stop.
PC Robert Jackson, who attended the scene of the crime, told Hertfordshire Coroners Court: “Lulu was found near the central reservation on the side of the road she had been travelling on.
“She was struck in the left hand lane at 70-75mph.”
Hertfordshire Coroner Edward Thomas, speaking at the court in St Albans Road, Hatfield, said: “There was a high alcohol content in her blood. I understand there had been excessive drinking.”
Confusion was sparked when it was revealed that one of the three passengers, Tommy Ward, had not given a statement as he had walked away when the Edmonton girl pulled onto the hard shoulder and has yet to be found.
Husband Gary Buckland said: “Someone has been killed alongside the road, there’s a witness in the vehicle and he still has not been found by the police.”
The family of the 25-year-old were keen to find out why Lulu was attempting to cross the motorway at the time of the incident.
Her father James said: “She was a lovely girl and I cannot believe she has gone. I think she was trying to cross the road to see the flowers that had been left for Thomas Ward.”
However, car passenger Simon Dooley’s statement suggests there was “no plan to go anywhere else” after the pub had closed.
The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa was “too upset” to give a statement and is still “traumatised” from the incident.
The coroner concluded an accidental death after hearing evidence.
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