Driver may not know she was involved in death of woman, 88
POLICE are appealing directly to a driver who may not even know she was involved in the death of an 88-year-old woman.
Barbara McCracken was one of two passengers on the number 18 First bus which screeched to a halt when a car apparently cut across its path on Southmead Road, Filton, on the morning of Wednesday, May 16.
The normally fit and healthy pensioner from Stoke Gifford suffered a broken neck and passed away last Friday.
More than a week on, the driver of the car involved in the incident has still not made herself known to police.
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Avon and Somerset Inspector Andy Roebuck said investigations have shown the traffic lights at the junction with Golf Course Lane were green for vehicles going straight ahead in both directions.
The car, which was coming from Filton, would have had to wait for a gap to safely turn right.
However, it appears as it made that manoeuvre the bus driver had to perform an emergency stop.
Insp Roebuck told the Post: "The lady in the car is unlikely to have actually known the significance of what happened at the time, as there was no impact between the two vehicles.
"There was CCTV in the area but that is inconclusive. We are in the infancy of our investigation into this and we need to speak to this driver and ask her some questions to find out what she was doing in the lead up to the junction and at the point of the harsh braking by the bus driver."
When asked whether the driver may now know that she had been involved in a fatal accident, due to the Post's publicity of what happened, Mr Roebuck said: "That is a possibility."
Great-grandmother Mrs McCracken had been visiting her sister Pat in Southmead and was on her way home to Stoke Gifford.
As the bus stopped sharply, she hit her head on the seat in front, suffering a broken neck and cuts.
She leaves son Brian, 63, daughter- in-law Christine, grandchildren Paul, 38, Katie, 36, James, 29, and great-grandson Archie, three.
She had been looking forward to celebrating James' wedding to fiancee Jenny this Sunday.
Paying tribute earlier this week, Brian described her as a "quiet and gentle" woman.
"Mum was as fit as a fiddle for her age – I thought I would have her for another ten years at least," he said.
"We are very perturbed and upset the driver hasn't come forward."
The driver was white, with dark-blonde hair. The car she was driving was a metallic-bronze coloured, hatchback or small estate car.
Witnesses said she stopped in the middle of the carriageway and shouted something at the bus driver before turning right.
She could eventually be questioned on suspicion of death by careless driving.
Insp Roebuck said: "If the driver reads this, I would ask her go to her nearest police station as soon as possible.
"Any death, whatever the circumstances, is devastating for any family.
"We always try and make sure the full picture is available for them so that they can at least understand what has happened."
Witnesses should call the collision investigation unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.