Buxted man was victim of Eastbourne crash

Updated at 2pm on August 15

Sussex Police have named the two people who died in a crash at Eastbourne on Friday.

”A Seat Leon car collided with a Volkswagen Polo in Bolsover Road at 9.34pm which then hit two parked cars – a BMW and Audi A3.

”The driver of the VW Polo Richard Lewis-Clements, 46, of Gordon Road, Buxted, Uckfield, and his front seat passenger Maria Smith, 48 of Edmund Close, Eastbourne sadly died at the scene,” Sussex Police said in a statement.

A 23-year-old man appeared in court this morning charged with causing deaths by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a crash.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on September 1 .

Our earlier story, published yesterday

A 46-year-old Uckfield man was one of two people who died in a crash at Eastbourne on Friday night.

He was the passenger in a silver Volkswagen Polo being driven by a 48-year-old woman in Bolsover Road.

Police said they were called at about 9.34pm following reports that a black Seat Leon had collided with the Polo which then collided with two parked cars.

The driver of the Polo and the passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. They have not been named by the police.

No other injuries were reported.

Officers conducted a search of the area and arrested a man in Grand Parade, Eastbourne, at about 12.05am on Saturday (August 13).

A 23-year-old, from Eastbourne, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road traffic collision. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (August 15) from 10am.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher, of the East Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “This has been a fast-moving investigation into a tragic hit and run collision. Trained officers are working with the families of the deceased, offering support and guidance.

“In addition to this, officers have gathered evidence which has resulted in the driver being arrested, interviewed and subsequently charged.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has assisted police with enquiries, however I am still very keen to hear from anyone who may have information concerning the collision, or who saw the Seat Leon prior to the collision.”

Witnesses are asked to contact collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Operation Harfield.

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