Man and woman killed in Eastbourne hit-and-run are named

Floral tributes at the scene

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A man and a woman who were killed at the scene of a collision in Eastbourne on Friday (August 12) have been named by police.

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, near Uckfield, and his front seat passenger Maria Smith, 48, of Edmund Close, Eastbourne, sadly died at the scene.

No one else was injured.

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

Jodan Hunt, 23, of Hobart Quay, Eastbourne, has appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (Monday, August 15) charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road traffic collision.

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

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.

“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.”

UPDATE 2.30pm: Sussex Police have updated an earlier media release to correct the name of the driver of the VW Polo. His correct name is Richard Lewis-Clements not Richard Clements-Lewis as earlier reported.

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