A 100-year-old woman has died after being dragged beneath a van when it crashed through a bollard in a supermarket car park.
The elderly lady was mowed down when the Renault van, driven by a woman with a disabled passenger inside, ploughed into the pedestrian area outside Asda in Shoebury, Essex.
She was found lying in a pool of blood outside the store on Tuesday following the incident at around 1.50pm.
The pensioner was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg but died this morning, police confirmed.
A shopper, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It was chaos. The staff in Asda were shouting out for anyone who was a doctor or had first aid training.
‘It looked like the van had just gone straight through a bollard and mown her down. It seems the driver had put their foot down on the accelerator rather than the brake.
‘There was a lot of blood all over the place.’
Megan Sylvester, 21, a volunteer at the Marie Curie shop, next to the supermarket, said staff heard a screech and then a bang as the Renault van wiped out the bollard.
She said: ‘The staff from Asda and George were amazing. They got blankets immediately and were helping her. We are all so concerned about that lady, it was just crazy.’
Co-worker Marilyn Muller, 60, said the woman was thought to be a centenarian.
She said: ‘I heard that she was 100 years old. There was a disabled child as a passenger in the van and the driver was a woman.’
A 71-year-old woman was also injured in the incident but she was treated at the scene for minor injuries and not taken to hospital.
The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance landednearby but the woman was taken to hospital by land.
An East of England ambulance service spokesman said: ‘We sent a number of resources to this incident including an ambulance officer, a rapid response vehicle, two ambulance crews and the air ambulance.
‘The elderly woman sustained a broken leg and was taken to Southend Hospital by land ambulance.
‘She was taken in a serious condition.
‘Obviously it’s more serious at that age. There were reports she was a 100-year-old woman but it’s safe to say she is a very elderly lady.’
An Essex Police spokesman could not confirm whether or not the driver, who is in her 50s, has been arrested.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.