Drivers urged to avoid A27 after pedestrian hit by car

Posted On 09 Feb 2017 at 10:11 am

Drivers from Brighton and Hove were being urged to avoid a stretch of the A27 for several hours after a pedestrian was hit by car this morning (Thursday 9 February).

A 59-year-old man from Sompting died at the scene of the collision, near Lancing, despite attempts by paramedics to save him.

The road was closed shortly after the crash, which happened just after 6am, and reopened at about 11am, Sussex Police said, adding: “The Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance flew to the scene.”

The force said: “The driver of a black BMW, a 58-year-old man from Climping, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. He was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and currently remains in police custody.”

The collision happened about a third of a mile east of the Lancing Manor roundabout on the A27 Old Shoreham Road – between Lancing and Shoreham.

Sussex Police said: “Heavy congestion ensued.”

Traffic queued back to the Southwick Tunnel at one point with thousands of drivers affected on their way to or from Brighton and Hove.

Sergeant Alan Spicer, from the Sussex Police Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: “We are appealing for anyone who was on that stretch of the A27 at around 6am and who saw what happened.

“Witnesses can email or call 101 quoting Operation Anwick.”

  1. sophie Reply

    better late than never

  2. Simon Reply

    This piece is disgracefully worded. The pedestrian is DEAD as a result of this episode and yet we are told that a “pedestrian hit by a vehicle early this morning in Lancing, has caused a travel headache for commuters”. I’m sure the deceased’s family’s main thoughts right now are with the poor commuters who had deal with a bit of inconvenience! Disgusting ‘journalism’! I hope the deceased rests in peace, and I hope that the ‘journalist’ responsible for the above can live with himself/herself.

    • Simon Reply

      I see the piece has now been updated. Not a moment too soon!

  3. Dave Reply

    Thank you Simon.
    I wrote near on the same thing this morning, as the report is a disrespectful piece of lazy journalism.
    At least your comment has remained up as mine was removed off of the website.

    That sort of shameful cheap journalism only promotes an increased selfish society we already live in.

    • Al Bion-Street Reply

      Erm, I think you’re mistaking a hobby blog for professional journalism.

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