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RIP Jenny Cross

December 1, 2014

Tributes have been paid to a woman with special needs who died after being struck by a car.

Jenny Cross, 36, was fatally injured when she was hit by a vehicle yesterday afternoon.

In a statement her devastated dad Steve paid tribute to his daughter, the Manchester Evening News reports.

He said: “Jenny was a very special person who had the ability to light up a room. She was loved so much by all of her family, her father, brothers, aunties, uncles, nieces and nephews who will miss her greatly.

Jenny had a great love of animals and kept a number of different animals as pets. 

“She was always meticulous in the way she cared for them and gave them a huge amount of love. Her current pets were a pair of chinchillas called Mango and Pineapple,” her father continued.

“Jenny was a very kind and caring person and loved her family, especially the children.

“Jenny had special needs and had to deal with medical problems throughout her childhood and adult life. She had problems to deal with which most of us wouldn’t experience in a whole lifetime.

“Despite everything, Jenny got on with life and tried to be as normal as possible. In recent years Jenny was cared for by a loving friendly team from Salford Social Services to whom we are truly thankful.”

On Facebook, Jenny’s brother Brian Cross wrote: “killing me to tell everyone, but my sister, my life and sole Jennifer across died tonight after being knocked down on the East Lancashire Road in Salford.”

Jenny died in hospital after being struck by the vehicle in Salford, Greater Manchester. She had gone missing twice in the past six months but returned after police appeals.

Police are investigating and believe other drivers may have had to take action to avoid Jenny on the road before she was hit at around 5.35pm.

PC Ed Lister, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the family of Jenny at this terrible time and we have specially trained officers supporting them throughout the ordeal.

“We believe some drivers may have had to avoid her and if you were one of them, I would urge you to come forward.”

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