Moray woman dies in crash on same road as daughter

The woman was hit by a car on the A96. Picture: TSPL
The woman was hit by a car on the A96. Picture: TSPL
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AN ELDERLY woman has died after being hit by a car on the same road that her daughter was knocked down on almost 29 years ago.

Shirley Masson, 80, was struck by a car on the A96 at Alves Woods, between Forres and Elgin in Moray, at about 5.45pm yesterday.

Her youngest daughter Valerie died in similar circumstances at the same place when she was aged 14 almost 29 years ago, police said.

Mrs Masson died at the scene yesterday. The driver of the black Vauxhall Vectra car involved in the collision was unhurt.

Her son Scott paid tribute to his mother in a statement issued by police.

It read: “It is tragic beyond belief that this has happened and we are all absolutely devastated. It is made all the more poignant that her daughter died there too.

“She was a very family orientated person and was very caring, she always wanted to do something for everybody. She was very much a home bird and was loved by all her family, friends and neighbours.

“Mum enjoyed gardening and she had a very active mind. She was a long-time volunteer with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, she had received her Gold Blood Donor card and was an active volunteer for the service. She was also a keen bridge player. Mum enjoyed her weekly keep-fit class and catching up with friends.

“She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was very much loved by us all. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbours. Messages of sympathy and support have been overwhelming.”

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

They are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a car travelling on the A96 towards Elgin at the time of the crash and may have had to swerve to avoid a heavily breaking car.