Loving tribute to Udimore woman who died in coffee shop crash

Valerie Deakin from Udimore SUS-160601-164914001
Valerie Deakin from Udimore SUS-160601-164914001

The family of a woman who died when a car crashed into a coffee shop in Kent on Christmas Eve, have paid tribute to the adored wife and mother.

Valerie Deakin died when the vehicle collided with the Costa Coffee branch in The Green, Westerham, as she enjoyed a drink with her daughter.

A married mother of two, Valerie lived in the village of Udimore.

A statement from her family was released today (6 January), paying tribute to the ‘modest, kind and hard working’ 74-year-old.

Mrs Deakin’s husband said: “At 10.30am on Christmas Eve, 2015, Val, my lovely wife of fifty years, was enjoying a cuppa inside the Costa Coffee café, Westerham, accompanied by her eldest daughter and best friend.

“The shock and loss are indescribable.

“Modest, kind, exceedingly hard working and above all caring she loved all creatures, great and small, with a passion.

“We adored her. Rest in peace.”

Officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing to appeal for information about the incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who saw the vehicle before or after the incident is asked to come forward.

If you can help please contact the witness appeal line on 01622 798538.

Alternatively email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

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