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Tribute to woman following fatal collision

A woman who died in a fatal road traffic collision on the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester has been named.

The collision happened at around midday on Wednesday 13 May 2015, at the Holywell Cross junction with the A37.

The collision occurred when a silver Volvo single decker coach travelling south from Yeovil toward Dorchester and a grey Mitsubishi car, driven by an 83-year-old man from the Bridport area, entered the A37 from Holywell.

The front seat passenger of the car, 80-year-old Sheila Staples, of Birdsmoorgate near Marshwood, sadly died at the scene.

Sheila’s family described her as ‘A daughter of Dorset’ after being born here and living practically her whole life in the county.

She had been very happily married to her husband – Clifford – for 58 years, during which they raised their four children.

In a statement, Sheila’s family said: “We are grieving at the loss of a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

“We thank most sincerely her many friends for their kind messages of support.

“We should also like to thank the emergency services and the doctor and nurse who stopped to render assistance for all their efforts.”

Officers from Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision.

Police Constable Mike Henstridge, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to please call on 101.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 13:156. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 19 May 2015

Sheila Staples