A Hayes woman who was days away from moving back to her native Ireland has been killed in a car accident.
Frances Josephine Mullaney, known to friends and family as Josie, died in hospital on November 1 from head injuries after a stolen car caused a four vehicle pile up on October 26.
Mrs Mullaney, of Adelphi Way, Hayes, was a passenger in a VW Golf which was involved in a collision in Ruislip Road, Northolt.
The collision also involved a charcoal grey Toyota MR2, another VW Golf and a Vauxhall Corsa.
The MR2 failed to stop at the scene. It had been reported stolen four days earlier from Bourne Close, Isleworth.
The body of Mrs Mullaney, who was believed to have been in her 70s, was flown back to Ireland on Saturday for her funeral, attended by her husband, John, and members of her family and large circle of friends.
She was one of many Irish people in Hayes to visit the Claret Club in Botwell Lane.
One regular, who asked not to be named, said: "She will be missed.
"They took a diversion on the day and were involved in the smash.
"It is unfortunate because they were all packed up and ready to go back to Ireland for good."
The stolen car was found abandoned in Woodstock Avenue, Isleworth.
Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries should call the Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on 020 8998 5319. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who has information regarding the theft, or anyone who knows where the car was parked in the four days prior to the collision. The registration number of the MR2 is LS06 GBU.