A FAMILY has paid tribute to a pensioner who was fatally hit by a car on her way to church.

Elizabeth Saynor, affectionately known as Betty, was hit by a Renault Clio while crossing Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, on Friday evening.

The 87-year-old suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

In a tribute, Mrs Saynor's family said: "Elizabeth Saynor age 87 affectionately known as Betty dies suddenly on 13th January as a result of a road accident whilst on her way to St Wulstans where she was a devout longstanding parishioner. She was a wonderful sister, aunt and great-aunt. She will be sadly missed."

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Sgt Phil Baxendale, said: “Firstly, my thoughts are with Mrs Saynor's family at this incredibly sad and distressing time.

“I am asking anyone who was in the area at the time and saw what happened to speak to us as you could have vital information to help with our investigation.”

You can email 2957@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or can call 101 quoting incident reference 1056 of January 13.