Heather Lord with her children, Kevin Page, Teresa Waller, middle, and Linda Shanks.

A heartbroken family is urging drivers to slow down after their mother was killed on a busy King’s Lynn road.

Heather Lord, 79, was crossing Railway Road near the Norfolk Street junction when she was struck by a Peugeot van which had gone through a red light on March 11 last year.

The grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of three, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and died of her injuries two days later.

And now her daughter Linda Shanks, who is speaking out on the  behalf of the family, is asking drivers to slow down in a bid to prevent further incidents.

“Even if it saves one person,” she said. “It’s a built-up area there and people drive too quickly. I just want people to be more aware of their surroundings and pay attention.”

Mrs Shanks also believes further safety measures should be in place along Railway Road.

Former West Norfolk Mayoress Judith Daubney, 65, was also killed in a crash on the same crossing in 2010.

“I would like to see some speed humps there,” said Mrs Shanks, who  delivers medication for pharmacies in Lynn.

Mrs Lord, who grew up in South Lynn and lived in West Winch for several years, was also mother to Kevin and Teresa.

On the morning of the day of the accident, she had been shopping in Lynn’s town centre and was on her way home to Emmerich Court.

“Mum lived life to the full and had a large group of friends,” said Mrs Shanks.

“She was always out and about with her friends, and loved her holidays. She was due to go on holiday a few days after she died. When we went to her home after she died, we saw all her things were packed.”

On Tuesday, driver Jamie Davey of Walsoken pleaded guilty to causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving and was sentenced to 10 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 17 months.

Mrs Shanks said: “It’s been a horrendous year, but at least we can now start to grieve properly as a normal family.”

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