BREAKING NEWS: Woman dies after car trap horror in Eastbourne

Pictured from left to right:''Beryl Newson , EHA Social Chair; Guest Beryl Healy; EHA Patron MP Stephen Lloyd and Lynda Couch-Smith EHA member. '

Pictured from left to right:''Beryl Newson , EHA Social Chair; Guest Beryl Healy; EHA Patron MP Stephen Lloyd and Lynda Couch-Smith EHA member. '

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The woman airlifted to hospital after becoming trapped under her car in Eastbourne yesterday (Thursday) has died and been named as Liberal Democrat campaigner and past mayor Beryl Healy.

Mrs Healy, 79, became trapped under her car outside her home in Pococks Road on the Rodmill estate yesterday lunchtime.

Workmen on a nearby job and a taxi driver from Eastbourne firm Call a Cab tried to lift the car off her as emergency services raced to the scene.

She was airlifted to the major trauma unit at Brighton but died shortly afterwards.

Mrs Healy, a widow, was a former mayor of Eastbourne and a councillor for Devonshire ward on both the borough council and East Sussex County Council for many years.

Her late husband John Healy was also a councillor for the area.

Family and friends have been left devastated by her death.

She was a prolific Lib Dem campaigner and close friend of former MP Stephen Lloyd and council leader David Tutt.

Tributes will be paid to Mrs Healy throughout the day .