Tribute to ‘hit and run’ bride-to-be

Kerry-Ann Theron
Kerry-Ann Theron

Tribute has been paid to a veterinary nurse who died after falling from a motorcycle in what police believe could be a hit and run incident.

Kerry-Ann Theron, who had previously worked at Highcroft Veterinary Group in Hailsham, died following the incident which happened shortly after 7am on Friday October 25 when she was riding north on the Straight Half Mile in Maresfield.

She was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital and died later that evening. Police are investigating whether she was hit by a passing vehicle after falling from her Yamaha motorcycle and are also appealing for the driver of a dark coloured Ford, believed to be a Focus, to come forward. They were seen to change a wheel on the Straight Half Mile in Maresfield at about 7.15am. Police believe the driver could have vital evidence that could help with the investigation.

Miss Theron, 30, originally from Zimbabwe and who lived in Manor End, Uckfield, had worked as a locum veterinary nurse in Hailsham and left a year ago.

Carmel Byrne, practice manager at Highcroft Veterinary Group, said, “She was a really positive, friendly happy person to be around.

“She made friends with a lot of staff here during her time here. The saddest thing is she recently met a lovely chap and they had become engaged and were really happy. It’s very sad.”

Inspector Steve Grace of the Sussex Road Policing Unit at Polegate said, “We are still investigating the possibility that Kerry-Ann was hit by a passing vehicle after she fell from her machine. It may be that the driver did not realise what had happened and felt a bump or minor impact.

“If you were such a driver we would very much like to hear from you, and we would also like to speak to a woman who stopped briefly at the scene.”

Anyone with information should phone 101 or email: ‘collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk’ quoting Operation Westwood.