TRIBUTES have poured in for a woman who died after being hit by a car.

The victim, who was in her 50s, has been described as a “lovely person.”

She was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash on West End High Street before 11pm on Saturday.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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'So sad'

Residents have been left shocked by the news and have taken to social media to express their condolences.

Commenting on the Daily Echo Facebook page, Hannah Jephcote said: “Incredibly heartbreaking, especially so close to Christmas.

Daily Echo: The damage left after the crash in West EndThe damage left after the crash in West End (Image: Maya George, Newsquest)

“My thoughts are with the family and friends.”

Elizabeth Jane Millar commented: “So, so sad. What a lovely person.”

Lisa Virgo described the woman as “the heart of the village.”

She said: “Absolutely heartbreaking, the life of a lovely lady from the heart of the village has been taken.

“My heart goes out to the family, their lives have been changed forever.”

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Arrest made

Following the crash, a 28-year-old Southampton man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving a motor vehicle with alcohol above the limit, driving while unfit through drink, and driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs.

He has been released under investigation.

Inspector Andy Tester from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the woman who has died and her family at this difficult time.

“The investigation is still in its early stages and any information you can give us, no matter how small it seems, could make all the difference – so please get in touch.”

Contact police by calling 101 or reporting via their website, quoting 44220499721.

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