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Purley car crash victim named as nurse from Whyteleafe

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THE woman who died after being hit by a car in Purley early on Saturday morning has been named as Kremena Mersinkova. The 40-year-old nurse was on the way home from a night shift at a hospital in central London with her husband Plamen Mersinkov when the pair were hit by a car in Godstone Road, near the junction with St James Road. Police officers and the ambulance service attended, but Mrs Mersinkova was pronounced dead at the scene just before 5am. Mr Mersinkov, 45, was treated for a dislocated shoulder and cuts and bruises at St George's Hospital in Tooting. A post mortem examination was due to take place yesterday (Tuesday). The three occupants of the car, the 25-year-old male driver and a male and female passenger aged 26 and 20 respectively, were taken to St George's with minor injuries. The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol. He has since been arrested on police bail until April while inquiries continue. Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Catford are investigating. "The couple had been working through the night at University College Hospital in Euston," said Detective Sergeant Mick Woollard. "They had caught night buses home but could only get as far as Purley. "The final part of their journey was a walk along the Godstone Road to their home in the Whyteleafe area. "This was an horrendous collision where an innocent hard working wife and mother has lost her life. "Her family are in complete shock and cannot believe this has happened." Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call police on 020 8285 1574.

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