A MAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a mum-of-two died in a hit-and-run during a police pursuit.

Susan Shaw, 47, died after being struck by a Vauxhall Corsa in High Street, Rishton at 5.50pm on Boxing Day.

Lancashire Police said the driver of the Corsa failed to stop at the scene but the car was later recovered on nearby Cliff Street.

Damien Raeburn, 31, from Accrington, was arrested last night in connection with the incident.

He has now been charged with causing Ms Shaw's death by dangerous driving and will appear before magistrates at Preston Crown Court tomorrow (Monday, January 1).

Det Supt Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police, said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with Ms Shaw's family at this sad and difficult time.

"We would like to thank the public and those who shared our appeal for their support during the investigation."

Charity fundraiser from Rishton Ms Shaw, described by family and friends as “one of the kindest people you could ever meet”, suffered catastrophic injuries and died at the scene.

In a tribute, Ms Shaw’s family said: “She was well-known within the local community in Rishton and spent a lot of time on local charitable causes, particularly Switched-On Rishton, which raises money throughout the year for Christmas lights and decorations throughout the town.

“Susan was very creative and enjoyed crafting. She would sell items she had made to raise money for Switched-On Rishton.

“Susan was a loving mother of two and also a much-loved daughter and sister, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

“She was always generous with her time with friends and strangers alike and was loved by everyone.”

A fundraising website has been set up to help with the costs of caring for Ms Shaw’s two disabled children, who are both believed to be in their 20s.

A message on the Gofundme page, set up by friend Debbie Hudson, said: “Susan was a well-loved member of the community who was sadly killed in a hit and run on the 26 December 2017.

“Funds will go towards funeral cost and caring for her two disabled children