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A Ryanair stewardess has died after being struck by a drug driver outside of Liverpool’s John Lennon airport.

Cinzia Ceravolo, 36, died in hospital after being hit by a Ford Focus half a mile from the airport last week.

Cinzia had recently arrived back from a two-day work trip and arrived at the airport on Ryanair flight FR448 from Dublin at 11.20pm.

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Police say the incident happened at a junction with an access road shortly afterwards at 11:45pm.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene crash on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving

He has since been released under investigation.

Reacting to the tragic news, FRUnite, the union for Ryanair cabin crew, posted a tribute to Cinzia.

It read: “Cinzia was not only an exceptional rep and cabin crew, but the kindest soul, a beautiful human being and a devoted Doctor Who fan.

“It is hard to write a long eulogy, and she wouldn't want that either. All we can say is that she was fantastic! She is fantastic!”

Cinzia, an Italian national, had lived in the UK for the last five years.

Detective Sergeant Paul Evans, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Cinzia's family in what is such a difficult time.

"Anyone who believes they witnessed anything or have dashcam footage and hasn't already come forward is asked to get in touch as a matter of urgency."

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