Tributes have been paid to the pensioner killed on Monday night when she was hit by a car in Huddersfield town centre.

The 74-year-old was killed when she was struck while on her way to a friendship group at Huddersfield Irish Centre – and an 18-year-old driving the car was arrested.

She had been dropped off on Fitzwilliam Street when she was in collision with a Toyota Aygo while crossing the road. The car had just left the Castlegate Loop.

The pedestrian from Cleckheaton has not been named but was a senior official with Huddersfield and District Oddfellows.

It is believed she was carried on the bonnet a short distance before the car collided with another car – a silver Peugeot.

Police cordoned off the road for several hours following the collision at 7.32pm on Monday while accident investigation experts worked at the scene to find evidence.

The woman was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

An 18-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Andrew Porter, Secretary of Huddersfield Oddfellows, said: “We have our meetings on the first Monday at the Irish Centre. The lady had been dropped off on Fitzwillam Street and was crossing the road to the Irish Centre when she was hit by a car.

“I didn’t see the crash but I went out to help and at the time we didn’t know it was her. Myself and another member who is a trained nurse stayed with her until paramedics arrived.”

Mr Porter said the family did not want to reveal her identity just yet, but added; “She was a lovely lady. Both her and husband had been involved with Oddfellows for many years.

“She always had a smile on her face every time she met you. I’ve been quite ill recently and she had provided me with a great deal of support.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. She will be sorely missed.”

Peter Fawcett from Cleckheaton arrived at Fitzwilliam Street an hour after the tragedy as his wife, Aine, goes dancing at the Irish Centre every Monday.

He said the dancing class was abandoned and the bar was closed.

Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield
Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield
 

Mr Fawcett added: “Some of the people at the club had parked their cars on Fitzwilliam Street but had been unable to move them as the road was completely closed by the police.

“They had to call friends and relatives to go and pick them up.”

Pc Jeremy Hepworth of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We are investigating this incident and are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the collision or the manner in which the black Aygo was being driven just before the collision.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.

The Oddfellows was set up more than 200 years ago to help protect and care for its members at a time when there were no trade unions, welfare state or NHS.

They still work towards improving the care and welfare of their members and actively fundraise for local charities.

The group has 1,600 members in the Huddersfield area and 100,000 members nationally.