Heartbreaking tributes to woman, 22, with 'sunshine smile' killed after being hit by car

Imogen Higgs passed away in hospital after being struck by a car in Withington
-Credit: (Image: Family handout)

Heartbreaking tributes have continued to flood in for a 22-year-old woman who was tragically killed after being hit by a car in south Manchester.

Imogen Higgs passed away from her injuries after the horror crash on Mauldeth Road West in Withington at 11.52am on Friday (May 31).

Imogen, who was a pedestrian, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by the vehicle, but sadly died later that day.

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Following her death, her heartbroken family described the history graduate as 'intelligent, witty, kind and caring' who was 'the best daughter and friend anyone could hope for.'

They said: “Our darling Immy was cruelly and needlessly taken from us on 31 May. We are all devastated and heartbroken. Our family has been destroyed.

“She had graduated with a history degree from the University of Manchester last year and had been working at the University for the last nine months. She was intelligent, witty, funny, thoughtful, kind and caring. The best daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend anyone could hope for. Beautiful inside and out, she brought sunshine into everyone’s lives.

Police and paramedics at the scene of the fatal collision
Police and paramedics at the scene of the fatal collision -Credit:Manchester Evening News

“The world will be a dark place without her shining light in it. We would like to thank the people at the scene who tried to save Immy’s life, including the numerous paramedics and hospital staff. She will never be forgotten and is loved, cherished and adored by everyone who knew her.”

Following Imogen's death, tributes continued to flood in on social media as one person posted: "Our sunshine smile! RIP our friend xx" and another penned: "Work will never be the same without you Immy. Your smile brightened up my day. You had it all and so much more. Rip girl love you."

Also paying tribute, another person said: "Absolutely heartbreaking so young. Taken away so cruelty through no fault of her own. God bless and rest in peace you beautiful soul."

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving, fail to stop and perverting the course of justice and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have both been released on bail amid ongoing investigations.