Heartbroken husband of pensioner killed 10 years ago makes emotional appeal

Heartbroken husband of pensioner killed 10 years ago makes emotional appeal

THE HUSBAND of a pensioner killed in a hit-and-run collision has made an emotional appeal for information 10 years on from her death.

Josie Mullaney, 73, died following a four-car collision in West London in October 2008.

Now as Crimestoppers announces a new £10,000 reward for information, Josie’s husband John has spoken of his grief over the past decade.

'One in a million'

“Josie and I were married for 39 years,” said the 77-year-old. “Josie had worked for British Airways for 39 years and had only recently retired.

“We were looking forward to starting our retired life together but all of this has been cruelly taken away.

Josie Mullaney (Image: Metropolitan Police)

“Josie was one in a million, I miss her and think of her every single day.

“I don’t understand how the person responsible can sleep at night and why those who know who did this have not come forward.”

Stolen vehicle

Josie was a passenger in a car when it was involved in a collision with three other vehicles at Ruislip Road, Northolt at 3.40pm on October 26, 2008.

She was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service but died from her injuries six days later.

A post-mortem examination held at Uxbridge Mortuary established the cause of death as a head injury.

One of the vehicles involved in the collision, a Toyota MR2 with the registration number LS06GBU, failed to stop at the scene.

The Toyota MR2 being driven in Adrienne Avenue shortly after the collision (Image: Metropolitan Police)

It had been reported stolen from Bourne Close, Isleworth, some time between 6pm and 10.30pm on October 22, 2008.

It was subsequently found abandoned in Woodstock Avenue, Southall.

All the other drivers involved in the collision were identified and spoken to.


DS Ben Massink, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, has urged anyone with information to ‘do the decent thing’.

He said: “A lot of time has passed but we are determined to identify the person who was driving the MR2 and will continue to appeal for information until those who know who are responsible do the decent thing and give us the information we need.”

The car involved in the fatal collision (Image: Metropolitan Police)

The £10,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers is for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for causing the death of Josie by dangerous driving.

The reward is only payable for information given directly to Crimestoppers.

Anyone with information can contact the charity anonymously on 0800 555111 or through the non-traceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by clicking here.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is urged to call the Roads and Transport Policing Command on 0208 991 9555.