Family pays tribute to 'beloved' daughter who died in Victoria bus collision as victim named

Catherine Finnegan (Met Police)
Catherine Finnegan (Met Police)

The family of a pedestrian killed in a collision with a bus near to Victoria Station has paid tribute to her as a “very unique lady” who “lit up the world”.

Officers on Tuesday named the victim of the tragedy at Victoria Bus Station during Monday’s rush hour as 56-year-old Catherine Finnegan, originally from County Galway in Ireland.

Ms Finnegan died at the scene after a collision with a bus shortly before 9am. The driver of the bus, a woman in her 40s, was also taken to hospital and later discharged.

In an emotional statement released by Scotland Yard, relatives said: “Our beloved daughter, sister, partner, most adored auntie and treasured friend Catherine Finnegan, known as Kathleen, lost her life on 29th January 2024.

"She will be remembered as a very unique lady who had the fast Irish wit and who made her family and friends so very proud of her bright, clever personality.

"She was a whirlwind in any room and lit up this world with her energy, enthusiasm for life and joy.

"She will be forever in our hearts."

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Police have urged witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward.

In an earlier statement, chief operating officer of Transport for London (TfL) Glynn Barton said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who was tragically killed following a collision with a bus in Victoria this morning.

“This will have been a deeply distressing incident for everyone involved and we have support available for those affected.

“TfL and the operator RATP are assisting the police with their investigation.”

Reports have suggested a Number 13 double-decker bus crashed into a shelter at the busy transport hub.

Operator RATP Dev Transit London also confirmed it is investigating the circumstances around Ms Finnegan’s death.

A spokesman said: “Emergency services are in attendance and our teams will be working closely with the relevant authorities to determine the circumstances of the incident.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the pedestrian who has sadly passed away.”

Witnesses who have not yet come forward are being asked to contact police on 020 8543 5157 quoting CAD 1417/29Jan.