Tribute to pensioner slain by dangerous driver stolen

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By Cara Sulieman

A roadside memorial to a pensioner who died when was knocked down by a car on her way home from work has been stolen.

Senga Elder was killed after a car mounted a pavement in Auchtermuchty in Fife, sending her flying into a skate park.

The 67-year-old – who was on her way home from Myres Castle – died instantly of head and spinal injuries in the 2008 accident.

Her family had laid down the white steel cross at the side of the road as a touching tribute.

But it went missing at the weekend.

“Heartless”

Fife Constabulary are now appealing for help in getting it back.

PC Gordon Cameron said: “The theft of the white cross occurred between 3.30 pm on Sunday 14th March and 8.30am on Monday 15th March 2010.

“The cross was situated at the side of a busy road and I would appeal to anyone who knows the identity of the persons responsible for this heartless crime or who now knows the whereabouts of the cross to contact the police.”

Last year the driver who hit Mrs Elder – Grant Whyte – was jailed for six years for causing death by dangerous driving.

He was racing his modified Vauxhall Corsa behind his friend Alan Duffus’ BMW Z4 when he lost control of the car and skidded off the road.

At the time of his trial, Whyte said that he had taken his eyes off the road and glanced back to see the other car braking sharply.

He said he was forced to brake harder and felt the back of his car slide away before he left Station Road and hit Mrs Elder before smashing into a metal fence.

The other driver, Alan Duffus was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for dangerous driving.

They were both banned from driving for 10 years.

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