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6 October 2017, 06:00
A 76 year-old woman who lived in St Albans all her life - and died in a hit and run outside her house last week - has been described as devoted and sociable.
The family of Barbara Liddle have paid tribute to her after Barbara died whilst crossing Camp Road last Thursday evening (8.20pm, Thurs 28 Sept) and was struck by a car, that failed to stop.
Barbara, known as Barbie to her family and friends, died from her injuries.
She leaves her son Kevin, 48, son-in-law Brian, 49, daughter Sharon, 46, grandchildren Sian, 28, Rhianne, 21, Rhys, 17, Megan, 12 and 10 month-old great-granddaughter Aida.
Barbara was born in St Albans on July 22, 1941 and lived in the city all her life.
Son Kevin, who now lives in Blackpool, said:
"She was so good - she could have been Simon Cowell's protégé today. She got headhunted but she was so loyal to her band mates that she said no, she wanted to stay with them."
Mum of four Sharon said: "Mum was a massive fan of Elvis and Cliff Richard, and later in life she loved George Michael and Michael Jackson. I remember taking her to see a Michael Jackson tribute show at the Lyceum Theatre in London and she thought it was fantastic."
Kevin said: "Her favourite song to sing was Top Of The World by The Carpenters."
Officers investigating the fail-to-stop are re-appealing for information and witnesses.
Detective Inspector Chris Puddy, from the Road Policing Unit, said:
"This is a very upsetting case where a woman has lost her life just by going about her daily routine. Her family are being supported by a specially-trained family liaison officer and officers are working hard to trace the person responsible.
We are particularly interested in speaking to the drivers of a medium-sized light-coloured car, possibly a BMW, and a small dark-coloured hatchback. They were seen in the area around the time of the incident and may have information that could be vital to our investigation.
We would also like to speak to anyone who was in Camp Road after 8pm, in particular any joggers and dog walkers. Did you see a vehicle leaving the scene with damage, or driving in an erratic manner?
Are you a mechanic, or do you work in a garage? Have you repaired any vehicles with damage to their front end since Thursday, September 28? If so, we would be very keen to speak to you.
To the person who was driving the vehicle involved, you have caused unimaginable pain and suffering to Barbara's family. You cut her life short and her loved ones now have to live without their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I am asking you to do the right thing and hand yourself in."
Police say people with information that could help, however insignificant it may seem, should call 101, quoting ISR 820 of September 28 or report information online at www.contacthertspolice.uk/Report/Crime.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.