British tourist crushed to death after being hit by 'drunk driver' in Turkey

Patricia Bernadette Ward died at the scene after being hit by a car in the city of Bodrum on Saturday

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A British tourist on holiday in Turkey has been killed by a driver who lost control.

Patricia Bernadette Ward, 71, was hit by a car on Saturday in the Gumbet area of the city of Bodrum while on holiday with friends, according to local news sites in Turkey.

It has been reported that Ms Ward was walking back to her hotel at around 2am when the driver lost control of the steering wheel.

Bodrum State Hospital
Bodrum State Hospital

The driver then mounted the pavement, crashed into a bollard and pinned the 71-year-old against a wall.

Emergency services declared Ms Ward dead at the scene.

Turkish news site Sabah said Ms Ward’s body was taken to Bodrum State Hospital.

The body was then taken to the Mugla Forensic Medicine Institution, while the driver, who was reportedly drunk, was taken into custody.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who died in Turkey and are in contact with the local authorities.”