Tributes paid to 'beloved' grandmother killed when mobility scooter hit by car

Tributes have been paid to a great-grandmother who died when her mobility scooter was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Sharon Jenkins, 62, died at the scene in Cannock, Staffordshire, after the collision at about 6.30pm on New Year's Eve.

Mother-of-four Mrs Jenkins had been on her way to visit family when the incident happened on Pye Green Road.

Her family have launched a crowdfunding page which has so far raised more than £1,400 towards the cost of her funeral, so she can be given a "a beautiful send-off".

Her son Steven, 41, said: "She had a personality, a smile and a laugh that was infectious.

"She didn't take life too seriously, and had a kind heart.

"She was always taking in strays and sick animals, and whenever you went around to her home, she always had different animals that she had taken in.

"We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people since it happened.

"She is leaving behind so many people and far too soon - her youngest grandchild was only a few weeks old."

Katie Davies, who set up the Gofundme fundraising page, said: "She was a mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother too.

"As well as being the heart of our family, she was a beloved friend to so many people too.

"What was meant to be a night of celebration for people everywhere, became a night of horror for our family.

"Sharon was on her way to spend New Year's Eve with some of her family when she was taken away from us too soon, with no chance for us to say goodbye."

She added: "As you can imagine, with this being so sudden, and it being long before her time, neither Sharon or we had planned or saved for funeral preparations.

"Especially with Christmas just passing, we simply cannot afford the send-off that Sharon deserves."

Any money left over from the fundraising page will be donated to an animal rescue charity and the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Police arrested a 27-year-old man, also from Cannock, on New Year's Day on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

He was released under investigation on Thursday.