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Family pay tribute to well-known local figure

The family of a cyclist killed on Monday evening while riding along a country road in West Lancashire have paid tribute to her, reports the Southport Visiter.

Christine Favager, aged 69, died after she was struck by a Vauxhall Vectra as she cycled along Asmall Lane between Scarisbrick and Ormskirk. She is said to have ridden along that stretch of road on a regular basis.

In a statement, her family said: “Christine was a loving wife to Eric and mother to Andrew who will be very sadly and dearly missed.

“She was a very well-known member of the Ormskirk, Southport and Crosby Orchestras, as well as the Banks and Salvation Army Brass Bands. We all will miss you always.”

Mrs Favager is believed to have died instantly in the collision.

Richard Thompson, who works at Primrose Hill Nurseries on Asmall Lane was one of the first people on the scene and told the Visiter: “I heard a car screech and the impact and I ran to the road. I saw the lady in the field beside the road.”

A 19 year old man was arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released pending further enquiries.

Inspector Damian Kitchen from the Lancashire Constabulary Road Policing Unit said: "This is a tragic incident and we are doing all we can to support the family of the lady involved. We need anybody who was in the vicinity between 7:30pm and 7:40pm to come forward and speak to the police.

"We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a small hatchback, a Ford Fiesta or similar, who may have witnessed events at around the time of the incident to come forward."

Witnesses can contact police on 0845-1-253545 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.