A MAN has been charged after a "beautiful" woman was killed when she was hit by a vehicle – which was later found abandoned nearby.
Caragh Eaton, 28, was fatally injured after being mowed down by a Land Rover just yards from her home in Leicestershire this week.
A local man has now been charged with Caragh's death, and her family has paid tribute to their "much-loved" girl.
Emergency services rushed to the scene in Barrow-upon-Soar at around 4.40pm on Tuesday but Caragh was tragically pronounced dead a short time later.
Leicestershire police said a black Land Rover was later found abandoned following the horror that unfolded in Field Edge Drive.
A man was arrested nearby on suspicion of murder and had remained in custody since.
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Last night police revealed the alleged killer, Ian Curson, 42, had been charged with manslaughter.
He was due to appear in the Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning.
Curson, who also lives in Leicestershire, has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.
Caragh's heartbroken family have paid tribute to her, in a statement issued by police.
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They said: "We have been devastated by the loss of Caragh, our much-loved daughter, sister and mother.
"We are struggling to come to terms with our loss and the circumstances of her death.
"We would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolence. They are giving us much comfort and we feel greatly supported.
"The family ask for understanding in order to deal with our grief in private at this difficult time."
Tributes have also been flowing online for the part-time model, photographer and car enthusiast since her tragic death.
Caragh ran an enthusiasts page, and many fellow car lovers have taken to it to share their condolences.
One wrote on Facebook: "Rip Caragh Eaton, such sad news to hear, u was a beautiful young lady who wouldn't hurt a fly, so sad to hear what's happened to her, what a twisted world we live in."
Another added: "She was just such a gentle and kind soul. This is so tragic, my thoughts go out to her family. I just can't believe it. RIP."
While a third also paid tribute, writing: "Such a lovely, kind lady that I am sure will leave a hole in the hearts of those she touched."
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Cursons being charged comes after Detective Inspector Mark Parish, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit major crime team, asked anyone with information – including dash cam or doorbell footage – to come forward.
He said: "A team of detectives are working around the clock to piece together the events of, and leading up to, Caragh's death."
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