The family of a 44-year old woman who died after a collision have paid tribute to her.

Halema Akhtar was struck at a pelican crossing on Yorkshire Street, Rochdale by a blue Audi S4 on Sunday 20 October.

She sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition before sadly passing away on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

In a statement, the family said: “Halema was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and auntie - the pillar in our family who selflessly supported us all through the good times and bad.

“Her little soul touched us all, and while she could not stay, her spirit changed us all before it sailed away.

“She stands as a tribute to all that surround her - a woman of great beauty, joy and happiness.

“We were blessed to be graced with such an angel.

“Her time with us was short and sweet but her memory we will always treasure and in our hearts she will live on forever.”

Police Constable Neil Pennington, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigations Unit, said: “Our heartfelt thoughts are with Halema’s family at this deeply sad time.

“We have arrested a 26-year old man on suspicion of serious injury by dangerous driving and released him pending further enquiries.

“We are appealing for anyone who saw a blue Audi S4 travelling at speed around Rochdale that day to come forward with information.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1893 of 20/10/19.

Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.