Northern Irish family left devastated after mum struck by car and killed in Scotland
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Northern Irish family left devastated after mum struck by car and killed in Scotland

A NORTHERN IRISH mother of two has died following a tragic incident in which she was struck by a car while out for an early morning run in Scotland.

Sharon Baines formerly of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, died following an incident involving a Ford Fiesta at Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh early on Tuesday.

She was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment, but died in hospital later that day.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Mrs Baines' family said yesterday: "Sharon went out for a run as she did every morning.

"She never came home, as she was terribly taken from us.

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"She was a feisty, beautiful mum for whom family was more important than anything.

"Her two children and husband are devastated that she is no longer here."

Mrs Baines worked as a campus financial controller at the University of Edinburgh.

Her daughter Megan, a veterinary medicine student at the same university, appealed through social media for anyone who witnessed the fatal incident to come forward.

Placing an image of a broken heart on her Twitter feed, she posted: "Please - if anyone saw anything or knows anyone who did, we would really appreciate it."

A funeral notice for the mother-of-two has been placed in today's Belfast Telegraph by her heartbroken brothers, sisters-in-law and their families.

"May the winds of love blow softly and whisper in your ear, that we will always love you and wish that you were here.

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"God bless Sharon," it reads.

The Lothians and Scottish Borders police are investigating the incident, and a report will be sent to Scotland's Procurator Fiscal.

Friends of Mrs Baines paid tribute to her on the Lothians and Scottish Border Police Division Facebook page.