Elderly friends died following crash outside Leeds shop

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An elderly man and woman have died after being involved in a crash outside a convenience store last week.

Friends Betty Laird, 88, and Herbert Geoffrey Grimshaw, 77, who were both from Leeds, were in a Renault Kangoo that collided with a Volkswagen Passat next to the Co-op on Old Lane, Beeston, on Wednesday afternoon.

Ms Laird, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but died later that day.

Mr Grimshaw, who was known as Geoff, was taken ill two days later and died at LGI at the weekend.

It is unclear at this stage to what extent the injuries they suffered in the collision contributed to their deaths.

Police are appealing for witnesses to Wednesday’s incidents, which happened as the Kangoo turned right into the shop car park, next to the junction with St Anthony’s Drive.

The Passat was travelling in the opposite direction.

The 22-year-old driver of the Passat voluntarily attended a police station for interview but has not been arrested.

Sgt Carl Quinn, of West Yorkshire Police major collision enquiry team, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who can provide information about the manner of driving of either vehicle immediately prior to this incident.”

Anyone with information should call PC David Gough on 01924 293047.

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