Former Mayor, 71, dies after town centre crash

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Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a Clitheroe woman 10 days after after a road traffic collision.

Joan Knight (71) was driving a Peugeot 107 on King Lane, Clitheroe, on Friday May 3rd, when for an unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle.

She collided with some bollards then veered into a VW Sharan, also hitting a pedestrian and a Peugeot 807.

She was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died early on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination was being held on Tuesday 14th May to establish the cause of death.

The pedestrian who was hit, a 46-year-old local man, was taken to hospital with a broken foot and was released later that day.

The incident took place at around 12.45 pm and the streets were fairly busy.

Sergeant Finn Quainton, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed what happened to come forward and contact police.

“We are trying to establish exactly what happened and we hope that the results of the post mortem examination will assist us in finding out what caused this collision.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Road Policing Unit at Samlesbury on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.