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Woman who died in Mereworth crash last week named as Suzanne Maclachlan from Maidstone

A 67-year-old who died in a car crash a week ago had battled cancer for more than three years, her family revealed.

Suzanne Maclachlan was killed when her red Peugeot 206 collided with a Ford Transit van in Malling Road, Mereworth.

The Maidstone resident suffered serious injuries, on Sunday, August 20, and was airlifted to a London hospital but died.

Suzanne Maclachlan
Suzanne Maclachlan

Her family said: "Sue loved people and people loved her. Battling stage four lung cancer for over three years, she was a beacon of hope and strength to all.

"Sue was a spiritualist and a trained healer, who took great pleasure in easing other people’s pain.

"Sue loved Zumba and had participated in many Zumbathons to raise money for a number of charities – she had recently raised over £1000 for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

"She will remain loved and missed by all."

Police at the scene.
Police at the scene.

A man, the Transit driver, was also injured and was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and later interview under caution before being released pending further investigations.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward and would like to speak to anyone who saw it happen or saw the van as it came from the Hop Farm roundabout in Paddock Wood, along the A228, Seven Mile Lane and the A26, to Mereworth.

A police spokesman said: "Specifically, officers would like to speak to the occupants of a black mini, black Citroen, white Ford Fiesta and a vehicle towing a green horse trailer, who may be able to assist them with their enquiries."

If you can help, call the Serious Crash Investigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference number MW/181/17.

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