UPDATED 14.00: Canal crash woman named as Grappenhall grandma Valerie Pritchard

Canal crash woman named locally as Valerie Pritchard

Canal crash woman named locally as Valerie Pritchard

Canal crash woman named locally as Valerie Pritchard

A sign has been put up at the scene this morning

Flowers left this morning

Flowers at the crash site

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A WOMAN who died after her car went into the canal in Stockton Heath has been named as Grappenhall grandma Valerie Pritchard.

 The 72-year-old, who had four grandchildren and one great grandchild, was found by police divers around 5.50pm after her vehicle went into the Manchester Ship Canal at the junction of Egerton Street and Ellesmere Road.

Police, paramedics and fire crews rushed to the incident at 4pm yesterday, Wednesday, but could not save her. 

Two members of the public jumped into the water to help before the emergency services arrived according to witnesses.

Daughter Nicola said: "We want to thank everybody for their courageous efforts to get my mum out of the water and the police officer who came to our house. 

"We heard about the crash on the radio and I couldn't get hold of her on the phone. 

"It was only when I got home and found police outside the house I knew straight away it was my mum but we didn't expect such devastating circumstances."

Grandson Wes Griffiths added: "Grandma Val was an amazing lady.

"She had her own way of doing things and to anyone who knew her it was a privilege to have been in her presence." 

A statement from the family also added: "Our Mum, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Valerie Pritchard, aged 72, was tragically taken from us in a road traffic accident on Wednesday the 12th of March.

"She was a lovely lady who always had a full social life, meeting with her many friends for coffee mornings, art class and going to her local club to watch Warrington Wolves with her partner.
"She was also a keen gardener and loved to spend time doing craft work.

"She will be greatly missed by all her family and her partner."

A police spokesman confirmed her death is not believed to be suspicious.

Police are currently trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 622 of 12th March.

Leave your tributes for Valerie below.

Warrington Guardian:

Tributes left along a fence at the site

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10:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

Mrs Rabbit says...

Very sincere condolences to the family of the lady in these very tragic circumstances. God Bless x
Very sincere condolences to the family of the lady in these very tragic circumstances. God Bless x Mrs Rabbit
  • Score: 8

10:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

kazrobo says...

Condolences to the family very sad x
Condolences to the family very sad x kazrobo
  • Score: 5

10:37am Thu 13 Mar 14

Grappenhall Community Centre says...

Val was a lovely lady who will be missed by all of us at the Grappenhall Community Centre where she loved to come in and watch the Rugby. God bless.
Val was a lovely lady who will be missed by all of us at the Grappenhall Community Centre where she loved to come in and watch the Rugby. God bless. Grappenhall Community Centre
  • Score: 12

11:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

e-seventeen says...

She had become a very close friend of my mum in recent months and although I had only met her a couple of times, she was the sweetest lady. God bless Val x
She had become a very close friend of my mum in recent months and although I had only met her a couple of times, she was the sweetest lady. God bless Val x e-seventeen
  • Score: 4

11:13am Thu 13 Mar 14

happytee39 says...

Our condolances to Valeries family and friends, you are in our thoughts at this sad time x x
Our condolances to Valeries family and friends, you are in our thoughts at this sad time x x happytee39
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Thu 13 Mar 14

crink2 says...

How very sad, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time x
How very sad, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time x crink2
  • Score: 1

12:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

yonniestep says...

Very sad, my thoughts are with her family at this terrible sad time xx
Very sad, my thoughts are with her family at this terrible sad time xx yonniestep
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

Condolences to Mrs Pritchards family on this sad loss, and also, much respect to the plucky people who went in to help.
Condolences to Mrs Pritchards family on this sad loss, and also, much respect to the plucky people who went in to help. Freeborn John
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Pothers says...

In complete shock, we new val and what a loverly lady and friend will miss her loads, our thoughts are with all the family and with bill once again we are so saddend by your loss. Sara & Ian xx
In complete shock, we new val and what a loverly lady and friend will miss her loads, our thoughts are with all the family and with bill once again we are so saddend by your loss. Sara & Ian xx Pothers
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Thu 13 Mar 14

fedster says...

Freeborn John wrote:
Condolences to Mrs Pritchards family on this sad loss, and also, much respect to the plucky people who went in to help.
well said free


R I P mrs pritchard
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: Condolences to Mrs Pritchards family on this sad loss, and also, much respect to the plucky people who went in to help.[/p][/quote]well said free R I P mrs pritchard fedster
  • Score: 2

3:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

widnesman says...

A very tragic accident, all our thoughts should be with Vals family and friends and not bickering.
RIP Valerie Prtchard!!
A very tragic accident, all our thoughts should be with Vals family and friends and not bickering. RIP Valerie Prtchard!! widnesman
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Freeborn John wrote:
Condolences to Mrs Pritchards family on this sad loss, and also, much respect to the plucky people who went in to help.
Yes that was very brave, R.I.P Val and condolences to the family and friends of this very sad event.
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: Condolences to Mrs Pritchards family on this sad loss, and also, much respect to the plucky people who went in to help.[/p][/quote]Yes that was very brave, R.I.P Val and condolences to the family and friends of this very sad event. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Thu 13 Mar 14

CathEvans says...

Thoughts and prayers to the family at this very sad time x
Thoughts and prayers to the family at this very sad time x CathEvans
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

God bless and sincere condolences to all the family and people who new this lady. Very sad to here of such a tragic event.
God bless and sincere condolences to all the family and people who new this lady. Very sad to here of such a tragic event. Daz@SankeyviaOrford
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Reader says...

My heartfelt thoughts and condolences to Mrs Pritchard's family and friends.

My thoughts and huge respect are also with the people who so bravely tried to help and to the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue teams.
My heartfelt thoughts and condolences to Mrs Pritchard's family and friends. My thoughts and huge respect are also with the people who so bravely tried to help and to the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue teams. Reader
  • Score: 2

12:24pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Pauline.k says...

This is so sad. I am 64 and cannot remember anything like this happening before . Plucky indeed of the two attempted rescuers, as the Ship Canal cannot be pleasant to swim in. Condolences to all who knew Mrs Pritchard.
This is so sad. I am 64 and cannot remember anything like this happening before . Plucky indeed of the two attempted rescuers, as the Ship Canal cannot be pleasant to swim in. Condolences to all who knew Mrs Pritchard. Pauline.k
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Grappenhall resident says...

I can not get this tragedy off my mind. I have been praying to God for Valerie to be at peace and for her family and friends hearts to be eased of the pain this must be causing.
I can not get this tragedy off my mind. I have been praying to God for Valerie to be at peace and for her family and friends hearts to be eased of the pain this must be causing. Grappenhall resident
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Panda-chan says...

My condolences go out to the family and friends during this very difficult and sad time. May Valerie rest in peace now.
My condolences go out to the family and friends during this very difficult and sad time. May Valerie rest in peace now. Panda-chan
  • Score: 2

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