Family pay tribute to charity worker and pensioner knocked down outside her home

Much-loved Martha Johnson, who died on Wednesday evening following a collision on Marsden Road, South Shields.
Much-loved Martha Johnson, who died on Wednesday evening following a collision on Marsden Road, South Shields.

The loved ones of an 88-year-old who died after she was struck by a car just yards from her front door have led tributes to the charity volunteer.

Martha Johnson died in a collision on Marsden Road in South Shields on Wednesday evening.

Police on the scene following the incident.

Police on the scene following the incident.

Today, her children Colin Johnson, Steven Johnson and Alison Roach said she lived a happy independent life with her family and beloved cat Rosie.

Martha was a widow of 25 years and had been married to John Edward Johnson, known as Eddie.

They lived in the family’s home in Summerhill Road for 47 years before moving to the Aged Miner Homes, just a short distance away off Marsden Road, in 2014.

A statement from her family issued via Northumbria Police said: "She had previously led a busy life and had been a keen volunteer, volunteering at the tea café in South Tyneside Hospital and at the Oxfam shop and MIND.

"She also enjoyed craftwork and delivered craft workshops at community centres and was an avid whist player.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision which happened at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Sergeant Jason Ryder said: “I’d like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Martha, our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

“Our enquiries are continuing into the circumstances around the collision and I would ask any witnesses to please come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 812 300817.