Police appeal for female witness after Eastbourne pensioner’s death following fall

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The family of an Eastbourne pensioner who died after falling from his mobility scooter in the town last week have paid tribute to him.

Eighty two year-old David Pilcher, of Grange Road, Eastbourne, died from head injuries following the fall from his mobility scooter near Gildredge Park last Thursday afternoon.

An ambulance was called to the Gildredge Park gate at Moatcroft Road, Eastbourne, at around 4.30pm where Mr Pilcher was found lying unconscious at the bottom of some steps

A statement on behalf of the family said: “Remembering a beloved husband, father and grandfather who was taken from us suddenly following injuries received in a bad accident on his much-loved mobility scooter on Thursday 6th June.

“You will be sorely missed as you were a major part of our lives.”

Police are still determining what exactly happened and they are keen to hear from one female motorist who was in the area at the time.

PC Stuart Watson, from the Road Policing Investigation Unit, said: “We are still very keen to hear from a woman who was seen reversing in a silver car with a baby on board. This woman kindly came to the assistance of Mr Pilcher and we would like to speak to her to try and gain more information on what exactly happened.

“The woman is described as in her late 20s to early 30s, around 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with a bob-style haircut and wearing a pink jumper.

“We would also like to hear from anyone else who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to officers. Please call 101 quoting Op Thornwell or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”