A 12-year-old boy is due to appear in court today, charged with murder following the death of a 60-year-old grandmother who was hit by a car.

Marcia Grant suffered fatal injuries in the incident, which happened in the Greenhill area of Sheffield on Wednesday evening.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision between a car and a woman at 7.10pm, South Yorkshire Police said.

Mrs Grant, thought to be a social worker, was pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts to save her life.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged with murder on Friday and is expected to appear before magistrates at the city’s youth court later today.

Floral tributes have been placed outside a semi-detached house in Hemper Lane in Sheffield, which has been cordoned off by police, with one message describing Mrs Grant as a “beautiful soul”.

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The 60-year-old was hailed as a “pillar of the community”, by her family, who described her as a “warm, loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend”.

“Her loss has already sent shockwaves through all who knew her or was lucky enough to be included in her orbit,” they said.

Dozens of people have paid tribute to Mrs Grant on social media, with one post describing her as “a lovely woman who took time out of her life” to care for children. Another paid tribute to a “beautiful person” who was “gentle and funny”.