Hit and run cyclist is being hunted by police after killing retired teacher, 79, who was hit by bike while out for walk
- Jane Stone was hit while crossing the road in Gwent, at 9.55pm last Monday
- She was taken to hospital, but died of serious head injuries four days later
- Police released a CCTV of cyclist who fled the scene. Police say he is man in 20s
- Her heartbroken family today paid tribute to the ‘very caring and active’ widow
Police have launched a hunt for a hit-and-run cyclist who killed a 79-year-old retired teacher while she was out for an evening walk.
Retired teacher Jane Stone was hit while crossing the road in Monmouth, Gwent, at 9.55pm last Monday. She was taken to hospital, but died of serious head injuries four days later.
Police released a CCTV image of a cyclist who fled the scene. Police say he is a man in his 20s.
Mrs Stone’s heartbroken family today paid tribute to the ‘very caring and active’ widow.
Retired teacher Jane Stone was hit by a cyclist while crossing the road in Monmouth, Gwent, at 9.55pm last Monday. She was taken to hospital, but died of serious head injuries four days later
A statement said: ‘[Mrs Stone] was healthy and physically active, only a few years ago abseiling down the church tower to raise funds.
‘Having been born and brought up in Monmouth she trained in London as a teacher, in which profession she was well respected and appreciated.
‘In retirement and being a widow, she returned to her roots, involving herself with great enthusiasm in many aspects of Monmouth life.
‘She was a past Churchwarden of St Thomas’s Church, was a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan and heavily involved in all church activities, helping and supporting members of the community as needed.
‘She enjoyed long distance walking, setting herself the challenge of completing 1,000 miles per year and was currently tackling – with her walking friend – Offa’s Dyke from South to North Wales.
Police released a CCTV image of a cyclist who fled the scene. Police say he is a man in his 20s
‘Jane was a well-loved member of the family and closely followed the lives of her great nieces and nephews.’
Gwent police say enquiries are ongoing to locate the cyclist who left the scene.
Her church paid tribute to ‘full of life’ Mrs Stone who they desrcibed as a ‘supportive and tireless’ churchwarden.
A spokesman for Monmouth Parishes said: ‘Jane was always so full of life and willing to share not only her time but also her faith in her care for others.
‘She was a supportive and tireless churchwarden for many years and a hardworking sacristan who gave her considerable talents in ensuring that the highest standards were maintained behind the scenes of worship.
‘She was a lively contributor to house groups and study groups, a welcoming hostess and she also made a significant contribution to St Thomas PCC.
Mrs Stone’s heartbroken family today paid tribute to the ‘very caring and active’ widow (pictured)
‘A fearless and loyal friend for all those who knew her well.’
PS Leighton Healan, senior investigating officer, said: ‘We’re releasing this CCTV image of a man we would like to speak to in connection with this collision as he may be able to assist us with our enquiries.
‘If anyone believes they recognise this man or know of his whereabouts, then please get in contact with us.
‘I would also like to appeal directly to the individual – please come forward to assist this investigation and help us establish what happened.
‘Anyone who witnessed the collision, who has not yet spoken with officers, is also urged to make contact. Anyone with any dash-cam footage of the area at the time is also asked to come forward.’
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