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'Wonderful' mum and teaching assistant, 51, killed by car


A PRIMARY school teaching assistant and mother-of-two has died a week after being hit by a car.

Julie Maudsley, 51, from Coulsdon, passed away in hospital last Thursday after the incident in Coulsdon Road shortly after 11pm on August 2.

She is understood to have been crossing the road at the junction with Cearn Way when she was hit.

Mrs Maudsley was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, and remained there until her death.

Police said the driver stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made and police enquiries continue.

Mrs Maudsley, a teaching assistant at Keston Primary School, in Old Coulsdon, leaves two children; Rachael, 19, and James, 18.

Her maternal niece Natalie McCann, 30, said: "She was a very loved person, a very popular person.

"She didn't have a bad word to say about anyone.

"She was a caring and loving person, a wonderful mother, a mother anyone would wish for.

"She was also a wonderful sister and the best auntie you could ever ask for. She was everything."

She added: "No-one could say a bad word about Julie: she was an amazing woman; she was loved by many, many people."

Miss McCann said Mrs Maudsley had recently lost her father, and the two deaths in quick succession had left the family reeling.

She added that Mrs Maudsley had been to see an open-air theatre show in the grounds of the Coulsdon Manor Hotel, behind Cearn Way, on the evening of the incident.

Mrs Maudsley, who was divorced, had worked at Keston Primary for about 14 years, Miss McCann added – a job that fitted her nature perfectly.

She said: "She just was a caring person, she worked for her kids – that was her life."

Flowers and cards paying tribute to Mrs Maudsley have been fixed to a lamppost next to the incident site.

One card reads: "Mrs Maudsley, you were my best TA [teaching assistant] ever, hope you are looked after in heaven by the angels, love from Ben."

Keston Primary pupils are on holiday at the moment, so the school could not be reached for comment.

The Advertiser understands an off-duty paramedic who lives close to the incident helped Mrs Maudlsey until ambulances arrived.

Officers from the Met's Road Death Investigation Unit based at Catford are investigating.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact DC Phil O'Connor on 020 8285 1574.

'Wonderful' mum and teaching assistant, 51, killed by car

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