Crash investigators name pedestrian killed in Brighton today

Posted On 25 Aug 2017 at 7:48 pm

Crash investigators have released the name of the pedestrian killed in Brighton in a collision with a Sussex Police car this morning (Friday 25 August).

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said that the man who died was David Ormesher, 79, from Poole, in Dorset.

Picture by Daniel Moon @dmoonuk

The watchdog said: “The IPCC is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic incident in Brighton in which 79-year-old David Ormesher, from Poole, Dorset, was struck by a police vehicle.

“The collision took place shortly before 1am on Friday 25 August near the junction of Edward Street and Devonshire Place.

“Mr Ormesher sadly died at the scene at around 2am.

“IPCC investigators attended the scene in the early hours of this morning and also attended the post-incident procedures where the key police witnesses have provided their initial accounts.

“Work is ongoing to source relevant CCTV and house-to-house inquiries are taking place today (Friday 25 August).

“We have established that the marked police vehicle was responding to an emergency call at the time of the collision.

“Whether the vehicle was operating with lights and sirens activated and the speed of the vehicle is subject to investigation.”

IPCC associate commissioner Tom Milsom said: “Our thoughts today are with all of those affected by this tragic incident.

“We are in contact with Mr Ormesher’s family to explain our role and offer our condolences.

“It is important for all of those affected that we establish the circumstances surrounding the collision and we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything that could assist our investigators.”

Witnesses are asked to contact the IPCC on 0800 029 4685 or via email at

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