Tragedy for Lucinda Riley’s grieving widower as his daughter, 41, and her three dogs are killed

Olivia Riley, left, her father Stephen Riley, middle, and her stepmother Lucinda Riley, right

Tragedy for Lucinda Riley’s grieving widower as his daughter, 41, and her three dogs are killed after being hit by car in London less than a year after the author’s death from cancer

  • Olivia Riley, 41, was killed after she and her dogs were hit by a car in London
  • A 26-year-old man was arrested yesterday at the scene of the fatal crash
  • He is being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving
  • Ms Riley was stepdaughter of author Lucinda Riley, who died of cancer in 2021
  • It means her father Stephen is dealing with the second tragedy in a year

The father of the 41-year-old woman killed with three dogs after she was hit by a car in London was today grieving for her and his lost wife.

Olivia Riley, from Suffolk, was killed on Saturday following the collision. Police said she was walking her three golden retrievers at the time of the incident.

The driver of the car, a 26-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken into custody.

Ms Riley was the stepdaughter of the bestselling author Lucinda Riley, who died from cancer last year.

Her father Stephen – who was Lucinda’s most recent husband before her passing – was grieving both of them today after the double tragedy.

Ms Riley’s uncle Mark said: ‘She was beautiful, fun-loving, she just lit up the room for everybody.

‘She had to deal with the recent death of stepmother. The sequence of events is just horrible.

‘Livi just made everyone laugh, she was the most pleasant individual that anybody could hope to meet.

‘Certainly the tributes that have been pouring in … are all saying the same thing, that she was one in a million and nobody can come to terms with this tragedy, this loss. She saw the best in everyone and lived life to the full.’

Olivia Riley, left, her father Stephen Riley, middle, and her stepmother Lucinda Riley, right

Olivia Riley, left, her father Stephen Riley, middle, and her stepmother Lucinda Riley, right

Olivia Riley, from Suffolk, died on Saturday following the collision.  Police said it appeared she was walking her three golden retrievers at the time of the incident

Olivia Riley, from Suffolk, died on Saturday following the collision. Police said it appeared she was walking her three golden retrievers at the time of the incident

Pictured: Police forensic officers at the scene at Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, London, yesterday

Pictured: Police forensic officers at the scene at Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, London, yesterday

Officers and paramedics were called to Cheyne Walk in Chelsea at 6.21am on Saturday to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian, animals and an Audi.

Riley was found dead at the scene, while three golden retrievers also died as a result of injuries, according to police.

The driver sustained minor injuries.

Cheyne Walk is a mansion-lined road that stretches along the Thames and has long drawn famous residents such as rock star Sir Mick Jagger.

The woman’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

A police officer at the scene in Chelsea after a woman and three dogs were killed in a car crash

A police officer at the scene in Chelsea after a woman and three dogs were killed in a car crash

Police have closed off an area surrounding the crash scene where a woman and three dogs were killed after they were struck by an Audi.  A traffic light pole was demolished during the incident which took place on Cheyne Walk, SW3 at 6.21am yesterday

Police have closed off an area surrounding the crash scene where a woman and three dogs were killed after they were struck by an Audi. A traffic light pole was demolished during the incident which took place on Cheyne Walk, SW3 at 6.21am yesterday

In a statement yesterday, the Met said they were called to Cheyne Walk, SW3 at 6.21am following reports that a woman and three dogs had been struck by a car.

The car also demolished a traffic light before coming to a halt.

A spokesperson said: ‘Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS).

‘A 41-year-old woman was found dead at the scene. All three dogs have also died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to call 101 quoting CAD 1500/14May.

Police are appealing for witnesses from anyone who was in the area at the time of this morning's fatal crash.  They especially want to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident

Police are appealing for witnesses from anyone who was in the area at the time of this morning’s fatal crash. They especially want to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident

A driver, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

A driver, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

Police confirmed the Audi's driver suffered minor injuries in the crash, which took place near the embankment

Police confirmed the Audi’s driver suffered minor injuries in the crash, which took place near the embankment

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