Former mayor, 58, killed in hit-and-run after being struck by Audi on way to shops

A FORMER mayor of Bolton was killed in a hit-and-run crash after being struck by an Audi on her way to the shops.

Gay Wharton, 58, was walking into town to run some errands when she was hit by the car in Heaton, Greater Manchester, just after midday on Friday.

Cops said the driver fled the scene on Chorley New Road and no arrests have been made.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Gay, who worked at Russell and Russell solicitors, was mayoress of Bolton back in 2014.

The Gran was well known for her charity work, especially with the women’s refuge Fortalice, Manchester Evening News reports.

Paying tribute to her friend, ex Bolton mayor Carole Swarbrick, said: “Gay was an absolutely lovely lovely lady.

“She worked so hard for so many causes and she will be sadly missed.

“She was a lovely person. It’s unbelievable – we’re all in shock.”

Councillor Hilary Fairclough added: “She was very kind and thoughtful. Whoever she met she made a friend of.

“She was the most fantastic cake maker, especially cupcakes. She would always go to such a lot of trouble. She would have made any professional baker blush.”

In a statement released on Friday, Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called at 12.05pm today to reports of a collision involving a black Audi and a pedestrian on Chorley New Road in Bolton.

"The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and sadly passed away at the scene despite the best efforts of emergency services.

"The Audi failed to remain at the scene.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

A cordon was in place on Chorley New Road for several hours after the horror smash.

Cops have appealed for anyone with information to urgently come forward.

You can call police on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 1019 of 13/11/2020; or get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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