A GOOD samaritan who rushed to the aid of a biker in a road crash had his bag stolen from his van while he helped in injured man.
Kevin Small left his van unlocked when he went to help the man involved in the serious crash on The Hydneye, Hampden Park, last Wednesday.
Kevin, who works from Groves Gardens, had just finished cutting lawns in Sackville Road and was in his van ready to go home when the crash happened.
The 27-year-old said, “I was in the van and had looked down to put on my seat-belt when I heard this massive crash.
“I looked up and saw a man lying in the road. I didn’t actually see the crash but it was such a loud bang I thought he was a goner.
“I just jumped out the van and ran over to him.
“He came round while I was with him and he wanted to roll over but I was trying to keep him still.”
When the ambulance crew arrived, Kevin drove home in his van.
He went to grab his bag from the car when he returned home but found it had been stolen. He said, “I couldn’t believe it.
“It was such a shock to think someone had taken advantage of a situation when somone could have been critically ill.
“I had a choice to get to this man as quickly as possible or to lock the van.
“Most people, without thinking, would run to see if the motorcylist was all right.”
Fortunately the bag only contained Kevin’s lunch and a few tool accessories.
“I think the thing that gets to me is that I know they will have found a couple of cans of lemonade and a couple of biscuits and thrown it in a hedge - that is the annoying thing,” said Kevin.
The smash, which happened at around 4pm, left the 23-year-old motorcylist with serious injuries.
He was taken to Eastbourne DGH with serious leg and chest injuries but they werre not considered life threatening.
The 36-year-old driver of the blue Mazda saloon, which colided with the bike, was unhurt.
Sussex Police are investigating the crash and are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting Operation Aldridge.