Family tribute to caring mother and nurse with a ‘beautiful soul’ killed in crash in Downend

Deborah West, 56, tragically died after she was hit by van on January 28

The devastated family of a woman who died after being hit by a van near a Co-Op in Downend have paid tribute to ‘a beautiful soul’

Deborah West, aged 56, from Congresbury, was walking in Chestnut Road when the vehicle collided with her while pulling into an off-road parking area on January 28.

She died of serious head injuries after being taken to hospital.

Through Avon and Somerset Police, the woman’s family have released a tribute.

It said: “Debbie was a very much loved fiancée, mother, daughter, sister and auntie.

Nurse Deborah West died after being hit by a van in Downend on January 28

“We are all heartbroken at the sudden loss of Deb as she was such a special person, always smiling.

“Deb had a beautiful soul and was always helping people, be it family, friends or in her work as a mental health nurse.

“Her career spanned over 35 years in which she helped and touched the lives of countless people in Bristol and Somerset. She will be sorely missed by colleagues and clients alike in the mental health service for her outstanding work and dedication.

“As a family we are utterly devastated at her untimely death and are struggling to come to terms with it. We would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and love we have received.

“Deb will be missed beyond belief and loved forever.”

Police investigations into the crash continue.

Anyone who witnessed what happened, or who may have dashcam footage should call 101 and give the reference 5222022479.