Man critical after being hit by van on Hove seafront

Posted On 31 Oct 2014 at 10:33 am

A man is in hospital in a critical condition after being hit by a van on Hove seafront this morning (Friday 31 October).

The 34-year-old Swedish pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit on the A259 Kingsway by the corner of Osborne Villas, close to the King Alfred Leisure Centre.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and was expected to be transferred to the specialist Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre in Haywards Heath, Sussex Police said.

The driver of the Ford Transit flatbed van, which belongs to the Worthing scaffolders Prodger and Sons, was uninjured.

Sussex Police did not arrest the driver nor did the force say who was to blame for the accident which happened shortly before 8am.

An investigation is taking place.

Sergeant Mark Baker said: “I’d like to thank users of the A259 for their patience while we dealt with this very serious incident.

“We did have to close the eastbound carriageway around the scene but we were able to set up a contraflow in the other carriageway to keep traffic flowing.

“It was fully reopened around 10.15am.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.”

Anyone who can help is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

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