Woman, 93, passes away after being hit by car in Poole

A WOMAN seriously injured after being hit by a car in Poole has sadly passed away.

The incident, which occurred in Blandford Road North, near Douglas Close, was reported to police at 9.13am on Saturday, January 6.

It involved a blue Ford Focus – driven by a local woman in her 40s – and a female pedestrian.

The pedestrian – 93-year-old Eileen Symes, from Poole – was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries, but died in hospital on Monday (January 8).

Her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

“Eileen was a much loved and caring person,” they said. “She was a strong-willed and independent lady with a love for life. She lived a full and happy life and loved to travel.

“In her retirement years, she had a love for clothes and fashion, and she enjoyed going out for a coffee and a cake while out shopping.

“Eileen will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her niece.”

Officers are continuing to investigate the full circumstances of the incident.

Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the Roads Policing Team, said: “Our thoughts go out to the family of Eileen who sadly died at what must be an extremely difficult time of them.

“We owe it to them to carry out a detailed investigation and establish the full circumstances of this collision and I would like to renew our appeal for any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please come forward.

“I am also still keen to hear from anyone who may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam footage.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via, by email to, or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55240002769. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously via, or by calling 0800 555 111.

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