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British woman, 71, is crushed to death ‘by drunk driver’ in Turkey

British woman, 71, has been crushed to death ‘by drunk woman who lost control of her car’ and pinned her to a wall in front of terrified revelers on the last night of a holiday in the Turkish resort of Bodrum

  • Patricia Bernadette Ward, 71, died Sunday night in Bodrum, southern Turkey
  • Ward was walking home with a friend around 2am when she was hit by a car
  • Mini Cooper pressed her against a wall; she was pronounced dead on the spot
  • Driver, a woman, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, local media say

A British pensioner has died while on holiday with friends in Turkey.

Patricia Bernadette Ward, 71, died after being hit by a Mini Cooper driven by a drunk driver during a night out in the city of Bodrum at night.

Ms Ward was walking back to her hotel around 2am through an area full of bars and clubs when the female driver lost control of her car and drove onto the sidewalk.

The car slammed into a pole on the side of the road and pushed Mrs Ward against a wall, which was partially destroyed by the force of the impact.

Patricia Bernadette Ward, 71, was hit by a car that climbed the sidewalk in front of this bar in the Turkish city of Bodrum and pushed her against the wall

Patricia Bernadette Ward, 71, was hit by a car that climbed the sidewalk in front of this bar in the Turkish city of Bodrum and pushed her against the wall

Doctors were called by stunned onlookers, dozens of whom witnessed the accident but were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver has been arrested by police, local media said, while Ms Ward’s body has been sent for an autopsy.

Friends of Mrs Ward told local journalists that they were on the last day of their holiday and that they plan to return to England today.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who died in Turkey and are in contact with local authorities.”

Police arrested the driver - also a woman - at the scene (photo) on suspicion of driving under the influence

Police arrested the driver – also a woman – at the scene (photo) on suspicion of driving under the influence

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