Witness recounts 'heroic' attempt to save woman, 22, killed in horror Withington crash

Police cars on Mauldeth Road West, Withington
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)


An eyewitness to the fatal car crash in Withington on Friday (May 31), which claimed the life of a 22-year-old female pedestrian, has praised the 'heroic' efforts of two people who rushed to her aid.

The 22-year-old woman was hit by a car on Mauldeth Road West at around 11.50am on Friday and was taken to hospital. Despite the efforts of two passersby and large numbers of paramedics, the woman sadly died later in hospital.

Two young men, 18 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the crash, with one released with no further action and the other bailed pending further investigation. Greater Manchester Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and help with their inquiries into the incident.

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A couple who live on the road have praised the "heroic" actions of those who tried to save the woman's life. Eyewitness Emily said: "I was working and I remember seeing her cross the road, but I didn't see what happened. I had a work call and when I came off the call, that's when I saw her."

Police and other emergency services 'quickly' swarmed Mauldeth Road West, Friday (May 31) -Credit:Manchester Evening News
Police and other emergency services 'quickly' swarmed Mauldeth Road West, Friday (May 31) -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Moments later, two people that looked like NHS staff to Emily "stopped pretty quickly." Immediately administering first aid, Emily's husband Steve said they had done "an epic job trying to save her life."

While the yet un-named 22-year-old pedestrian lay in the street, the pair looked after her until police officers arrived. Soon after, paramedics, an ambulance, and an air ambulance also descended on Mauldeth Road West to help the woman. Emily said: "For about 45 minutes they were all working to keep her alive."

Reflecting on the horrific incident, she said: "The people who stopped to help her are real heroes, it was an amazing effort."

Today (Sunday, May 2) Greater Manchester Police issued a statement confirming that the 22-year-old woman had died following the crash and that they were appealing for further information from members of the public to help their investigation. People of a similar age walking down the road expressed sadness and shock that someone had been hit on the "busy" road.

Police at the scene on Mauldeth Road West
Mauldeth Road West was closed for most of Friday after the incident -Credit:submitted

Adam, 22, who has grown up around Mauldeth Road West said it was awful to think that someone's life had been lost "over someone's stupid driving," adding, "her family must be heartbroken."

While students crossing the road believed it to be quite a dangerous road to cross. Lucy, also 22, said: "It's quite a busy road, though it does depend on the time of day. It's horrible to think that someone was hit here."

Withington councillor Chris Wills described the crash as "horrific" and said: "My thoughts are with the woman's loved ones."

In a statement, Sergeant Andrew Page, of GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with this young woman’s family at this tragic time. They are being supported by specially trained officers and we will continue to do all we can to get answers for them.

"If you witnessed anything, or you have any further information, we’d be grateful if you come forward and help with our enquiries. This could be an eyewitness account from the scene, doorbell footage, CCTV or dashcam footage.

"It can all be used to help us establish how a young woman lost her life in such distressing circumstances. Anyone with information or detail is encouraged to contact us directly on 0161 856 4741 or 101 quoting incident 1260 of 31/05/24. Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, details can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”