Anne Naysmith Killed on Chiswick High Road

The well-known local woman was hit by lorry


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The elderly woman killed in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 10th February) after being hit by a lorry has been named locally as Anne Naysmith. Miss Naysmith was well known locally as the 'car lady' who lived for years on the street in Prebend Gardens

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Police were called to the scene at the junction of Chiswick High Road and Homefield Road at around 12.45am.

London’s Air Ambulance attended but Ms. Naysmith, believed to be in her late seventies, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.17am.

Anne Naysmith was a well-known local character and lived for many years in a car in Prebend Gardens. She was sometimes referred to as 'Chiswick's Lady In A Van' and had been a concert pianist in her earlier life before falling on hard times.

anne naysmith's car

She derived great pleasure from feeding birds and from tending to her small 'urban garden' near Stamford Brook station - there was an outcry in 2012 when TfL removed the shrubs and plants from the patch of ground. For a number of years, her 'spiritual” home has been beneath some shrubby trees on the Vaughan Avenue side of the Stamford Brook car park.

Local people have been expressing their sadness at the news. She was a familiar figure in several parts of Chiswick, and often took shelter in the Post Office, local churches and in summer at the cricket grounds in Chiswick House.

The driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested. Enquiries are underway to trace any next of kin. Officers from Serious Collision Investigation Unit are dealing. Anyone who witnessed this incident should contact police by dialling 101 and quoting reference CAD231/10Feb.

December 24, 2015