Family pays tribute to ‘well-loved’ 77-year-old who died in Piccadilly bus crash

A 77-year-old woman from South Manchester has died following a bus crash in Piccadilly Gardens yesterday.

She has been named by police as Almena Amica, known as Mena to her family and friends.

Following the incident she was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later died in hospital.

A tribute from her family said: “Mena was dedicated to her family, friends and faith.

“She loved music, gardening, TV soaps and nature. She was the senior member of our family, the eldest sister and great-great-aunt. She was well-loved, our matriarch, and her presence will be hugely missed.

“Mena was a private person and her family asks that this be respected during our time of mourning. We thank all the services and people who came to her aid.”

A 64-year-old man has been bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after being arrested at the scene.

Eleven other people, both pedestrians and bus passengers, were either treated at the scene or in hospital for minor injuries.

Sergeant Louise Warhurst, from GMP’s Serious Injury Collision Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident witnessed by a lot of people in a busy area of the city centre.

“The investigation is progressing thanks to many calls with information received from the public.

“Anyone who has not yet spoken to officers but believes they are able to assist with enquiries should call 0161 856 4741 quoting log 1673 of 16/10/2023.”

Members of the public can also upload photos and video to the Major Incident Public Portal.

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