Crash victim had ‘gift of friendship’

TRIBUTES have been paid to ‘a much loved’ villager who died following a collision in Eastbourne.

Patricia Harrington, known as Pat, was well known in East Dean where she lived and was a member of the congregation at the village church.

The 80-year-old, of Elven Lane, was described by rector David Baker as a ‘much-loved member of the village’ and ‘a great people person’.

He added, “She was a deeply caring member of the community who had a gift of friendship and a gift of love which sprang from her active and deeply held Christian faith.”

A gathering was held at East Dean Church hours after the news of her death spread to give thanks for her life and for people to offer words of comfort to each other.

Mrs Harrington, who was part of a team of people who visited care homes to offer friendship to residents, was driving a Toyota Yaris on the A259 East Dean Road when she was in collision with a Black VW Golf travelling in the opposite direction on January 26.

She died in hospital the next day.

Jacques Pienaar, who attends East Dean Church, said Pat was ‘incredibly loved in the village’ and resident Tim Crees described her as a ‘gentle person’ who helped other people.

Mr Crees said the road in question is dangerous and has called on villagers to put forward any concerns they have in the hope they can be highlighted at a meeting due to be held yesterday (Thursday) which will be attended by representatives for agencies with a responsibility for road safety in the county.

The meeting is known as a fatal accident review meeting.

He added, “I’m trying to get them not to just look at three or four deaths on the road but they should be looking at 10 near deaths on the road.”