Tributes have been paid to the two women who sadly died after being hit by a Ford Focus car at Withington Hospital
Officers were called on March 7 at around 2pm to reports of a serious collision between the car and a number of pedestrians in a car park at Withington Hospital.
The two women were named as Claire Haslam aged 44 and Deborah Clifton aged 49, both from Thorneycroft Avenue in Chorlton were taken to hospital, but both died shortly after.
An 89-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing two deaths by dangerous driving, he has since been bailed until April 18.
The families of Clare Haslam and Deborah Clifton have given a joint statement:
“Claire and Debbie were like an old married couple they would fight like cat and dog, bicker at the slightest thing, but ultimately they were made for each other, so blissfully happy and without doubt soul mates.
“Clare was popular and well-liked by many, she was so full of life, but as a young lady she was really lacking in self-confidence until she met Debbie, her and Debbie became inseparable and did practically everything together including raising their adorable little girl.
“Debbie would be celebrating her 50th birthday this May and was so excited about the new grandchild on the way.
“Debbie comes from a large long family who will miss her very much, Claire was a much-loved daughter, sister and auntie.
“We are all so heartbroken and will miss Debbie and Claire every day for the rest of our lives.
“They are together in heaven as they were on earth.”
Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Lee Westhead from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit for GMP said: “My thoughts are with the families of Claire and Debbie, I cannot begin to imagine what they are going through.
“Our investigation is now underway and I would like to thank the public who have been incredibly helpful, we are now doing all that we can to piece together how this tragedy could have happened.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or, anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.