THE family of an 85-year-old gran who died after being hit by a car have issued a desperate plea for witnesses to come forward.

Elizabeth Dunnion was making her way to Mass at St Conval’s Church, in Linwood, on Saturday night when the tragic accident took place.

The popular pensioner suffered a serious head injury and, despite efforts by medics to save her, lost her fight for life the next day.

Elizabeth’s death has left her loved ones devastated – and their agony has been intensified by uncertainty over exactly how the accident happened.

Kaitlin Dunnion, Elizabeth’s granddaughter, told The Gazette: “We are getting lots of different stories at the moment but we just want some peace of mind and some closure.

“We’re not angry at the driver but we would really like people to come forward if they know what happened.”

Elizabeth was crossing Bridge of Weir Road, near Hart Street, on her way to Vigil Mass, when the collision with a black Mazda 3 took place just after 5pm.

She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, but succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.

A 27-year-old man who was driving the Mazda was unhurt.
Elizabeth had lived in Linwood for around 50 years and was well liked in the area.

Kaitlin, 24, described her as “a brilliant nana.”

“I’m totally devastated,” she added. “Everyone in Linwood knew her, as she’d been here most of her life.

“She was very fit and healthy and came on lots of holidays with us, including Turkey in July. We were due to go to Blackpool together next week.

“She was a brilliant nana who did everything for us. She was always so good to me. She was very family-orientated.”

Elizabeth’s husband Davie died five years ago but she was a mum to three daughters and doted on her three grandkids – Kaitlin, Declan and Logan.

She was also active in the community, attending St Conval’s Church each weekend, as well as the 50-plus Club at the On-X sports centre.

Carolann Denvir, Elizabeth’s 43-year-old daughter, said: “She lived for her three grandkids. She might have been 85 but you would’ve thought she was in her 50s. She was so independent and able-bodied.

“I just feel completely numb at the moment.”
Police have said a report in connection with Elizabeth’s death will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

A spokesman added: “Elizabeth was crossing Bridge of Weir Road, near to Hart Street, when she was struck by a black-coloured Mazda 3.

“She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital with a serious head injury but, unfortunately, died on Sunday.

“Sergeant Mark McGowan, at the road policing complex, is appealing for witnesses and can be contacted via 101.”

Renfrewshire Council has also passed on condolences to Elizabeth’s family and has pledged to take action to improve road safety in Linwood if required.

A council spokesperson said: “Our sympathies go out to Elizabeth Dunnion’s family and friends following this tragic incident.

“Road safety is of paramount importance to us and, following the outcome of the police investigation, we will consider any measures which could enhance safety for all road users.”