Lorry driver admits death crash charge

A MOTORIST has admitted killing another driver in a horror smash on a snowy road in Boreham Street in December.

Alvin Atkins, 37, of Kent Road, St Leonards, was driving a flatbed lorry, while working for East Sussex County Council on behalf of contractors May Gurney.

On August 12 Eastbourne magistrates heard that he was travelling eastwards on the A271 near Herstmonceux when he crashed into a Mini driven by 31-year-old Daniel Martin, of Horam.

Atkins admitted death by careless driving on December 17, the day heavy snow caused disruption throughout the county.

Due to the severity of Mr Martin’s injuries, both crew treated the patient in the back of the ambulance while a roads policing officer took the wheel.

En route to Eastbourne District General Hospital, the ambulance veered off the road and collided with a bush at Standard Hill, Ninfield.

The police helicopter and Kent Air Ambulance attended, but Mr Martin died at the scene.

Atkins was carrying road equipment in the flatbed lorry.

Magistrates gave Atkins an interim banning order, which means he cannot drive until at least September 2, when he is next due in court.

Pre-sentence reports are being prepared and Atkins has been released on unconditional bail.

• The police officer who was at the wheel of the ambulance is facing neither criminal nor disciplinary proceedings following an inquiry by Sussex Police and a decision by Kent Crown Prosecution Service. He has resumed full driving duties after a period of suspension.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was initially contacted by Sussex Police which decided the matter should be investigated locally by the force.