A pensioner who suffered terrible injuries in a car crash that killed his wife is expected to make a full recovery. Police say Raymond Steele, 65, is recovering well after being hit by a car on a zebra crossing – although he remains in hospital. His wife Lynn, 60, died in the accident. The pair were hand in hand on a zebra crossing on Milnrow Road in Shaw, Oldham, when they were hit by a Toyota Yaris. Mrs Steele suffered fatal injuries and died in hospital. Her husband was sedated and was in a critical condition at Salford Royal Hospital all last week. He started to recover over the weekend and now he is said to be sitting up in hospital and doing well. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "He’s made a significant recovery and there’s a good chance he’s going to make a full recovery now." Meanwhile, police have interviewed the driver of the Yaris under caution. It is understood she remained at the scene following the collision. She has not been arrested. One line of enquiry is that she may have been dazzled by the low sun at the time of the incident, 3pm on January 16. The Steeles, who moved to Shaw from Rochdale six years ago, were on their way back from booking a holiday when the tragedy happened. Eyewitnesses have told how the couple were holding hands as they crossed the road. Paying tribute last week, their daughter Sarah said her mother was ‘young at heart’ and ‘will be sadly missed by all of her family’. Mrs Steele was retired but stayed active by swimming, cycling, and walking. Mr Steele is a fan of FC United. Sarah said they were a loving couple and doted on their grandchildren, Jessica, and Georgina. Police are investigating and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 0161 856 8473.
John Scheerhout January 25, 2012