Tributes to pensioner killed in collision

11:23 20 September 2012

Devi Ben Patel, who was killed a stone

Devi Ben Patel, who was killed a stone's throw from her home aged 79

supplied image

A grandmother who died in a road collision just a stone’s throw from her doorstep was like a mother to everyone who knew her, her family has said.

Devi Ben Patel, 79, was walking home at around 1pm on Tuesday after visiting a neighbour in Northchurch Road, Wembley, when she was in collision with a van. Emergency services, including the Air Ambulance, raced to her aid but Mrs Patel, who was in cardiac arrest when they arrived, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her children, grandchildren and friends gathered at her home in Tokyngton Avenue yesterday, where she lived for 40 years, still in shock over the tragedy.

Mrs Patel’s son Bhupendra, 51, described his mother as an active woman who was well-known in the neighbourhood. He said: “She was out and about every day - it was rare to find her sitting at home. Everyone around here called her mother.”

Her four children and five grandchildren were among the many mourners paying tribute to the family matriarch.

The accident, on the corner of Tokyngton Avenue and Northchurch Road, is under investigation.

The 48-year-old driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and is currently in custody.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Police would like to speak to this man (Picture: Met Police)

A predator sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in broad daylight as she waited for a bus on Brixton Road, police said.

Monday, July 27, 2015
The illegal rave took place in a building near the A13 in Barking on Saturday night

More than 2,000 party goers descended on a warehouse for an illegal rave which ended with a woman being taken to hospital.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Lord Sewel resigns from the House of Lords (Picture: PA Images)

Lord Sewel has quit the House of Lords after video footage emerged of him allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes in his London flat, even snorting a line off one woman’s breasts.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Lead singer Shane McGowan of The Pogues at the Highgate launch of the band's branded whisky

Celtic punk band The Pogues have launched their own brand of Irish whiskey at lead singer Shane McGowan’s favourite Highgate bar.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Police would like to speak to this man (Picture: British Transport Police)

A 63-year-old was left with a bleeding nose and spit on his face after an argument with a man he bumped into on a Baker Street Tube station escalator, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more
Get up close and personal to this global phenomenon!

Following a sell-out 2014 run, the global phenomenon that is Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is back in London, running at the Dominion Theatre in the heart of the West End until 5th September 2015.

Read more