TRIBUTES have been paid to a Paignton woman 'with a heart of gold' who tragically died after a car crash in Paignton on Saturday.
Police say grandmother Evelyn Fisher (pictured), 61, who worked at Preston Conservative Club, was walking along Hyde Road when a grey Vauxhall Corsa driven by an 88-year-old Torquay man mounted the pavement and demolished the front of The Big Baguette delicatessen.
Despite the efforts of passers-by, Evelyn suffered fatal injuries and later died in hospital.
Police are now trying to trace witnesses including a young woman who helped Evelyn at the scene and a cyclist who overtook the Corsa immediately before the crash.
Evelyn's devastated family said: "Evelyn was very much loved by her family and large group of friends. She was a devoted granny to her two grandsons who adored her. She had a heart of gold and her sense of humour would make a comedian jealous."
Her heartbroken partner Mike Cole added: "We laughed together, we cried together, we argued, and then we smiled. We walked and we talked, we held hands and you held my arm. Now my arms and heart are empty. I'm missing you Evelyn, sleep tight sweetie."
Wendy Holmes, secretary at Preston Conservative Club, said: "We are all so sad. Evelyn worked here as a part-time bar assistant for many years. She was so hard working but also she had such a great sense of humour.
"As well as working at the club she came to all the social events and joined in with everything, dancing and taking part in quizzes."
Evelyn always took part in the Rowcroft Hospice Sleep Walk and now Mo Ware at the club is hoping to form a new team to walk in Evelyn's memory.
Wendy was walking along Hyde Road just after the crash and saw emergency crews treating Evelyn, without knowing it was her.
She said: "I had no idea that it was Evelyn they were working on. The smell of gas after the crash was horrendous."
A police spokesman said: "It is believed a grey Vauxhall Corsa driven by an 88-year-old local man mounted the pavement before colliding with the front of The Big Baguette, causing extensive damage to the front of the shop.
"There were a number of witnesses and it is vital that we speak to them."
Contact police on firstname.lastname@example.org quoting log number 467 for April 2.