THE Bill star Jane Hayward, 69, died after being dragged under the wheels of a double decker bus when she looked the wrong way crossing the road, an inquest heard.
Jane was walking down a busy high street in Rickmansworth, Herts, when she was struck by the vehicle as horrified passengers yelled at the driver to stop.
The actress, who starred in a 1988 episode of The Bill as well as several films – including 2018's My Month With Mrs Potter – died from multiple traumatic injuries.
An inquest heard "talented" Jane was "looking the wrong way" as she crossed the road on June 15 this year.
Bus driver Gavyn Young, 38, told the hearing he "wasn't too sure what the noise was" as he turned the vehicle around the corner.
He said a woman had been standing there but suddenly vanished when he heard a "loud bump".
'DRAGGED ALONG THE ROAD'
One passenger told cops it looked as if Jane was going to "knock on the bus door" to get on as she was "so close" to the vehicle before it hit her.
Another said he saw a woman being knocked over by the bus and "dragged along the road".
CCTV footage showed Jane walking into the path of the bus while appearing to be "looking the wrong way".
Senior Coroner Geoffrey Sullivan recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision.
He said: "The bus driver was travelling at 5mph at the time which seemed more than appropriate for a large vehicle like a bus.
"[The driver] heard a loud thump and was made aware by passengers who immediately called for him to stop.
"He immediately got off the bus and found Ms Hayward underneath."
Jane had starred in a short film called Collection shortly before her death, with distributor Relic Films paying tribute to her on Facebook .
They said: "We are deeply saddened to hear that one our our wonderfully talented actresses, Jane Hayward, has tragically passed away.
"We were lucky to find Jane for our most recent short film: Collection. She was a huge fan of the script and brought so much to the role and was a wonderful personality on set.
"Sadly, we did not complete the film in time for her to see if but we hope that she would be proud of it. Rest in Peace Jane x."
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