TRIBUTES have been paid to a 28-year-old man who died in a car crash in Hankham.
Aron Taylor, who was known by his friends as LAR, was thrown from the car in the early hours of Monday morning (January 3) on Hankham Road, near the junction with Foords Lane.
The father-of-three, who was born and bred in Enfield before moving to Eastbourne around nine years ago, was a passenger in the silver Astra at the time of the one-car smash at around 3am. Aron was taken to Eastbourne DGH but was declared dead at 8.45am.
His many friends have left flowers at the scene and paid tribute to a ‘true gent’.
A message from Deb, Michael, Delsa, Jade, Amber, Marshall and Josh which was left at the roadside with flowers read, “LAR, thinking of you. Hope you found a lovely angel because you shouldn’t be up there yet.”
And another floral tribute from Simon Science and Mel read, “LAR, you will never be forgotten... a true gent.
“Top memories – you in the snow with carrier bags.
“You’re going to be missed!!”
Bernice Robinson-Taylor, Aron’s aunt from South Wales, told the Herald her nephew was a popular man.
She said, “He had his friends in Eastbourne but he also had hundreds of friends in Enfield.
“He will be going home to Enfield for his funeral.” Bernice said Aron was ‘loving’ and ‘would do anything for anyone’. She said he was passionate about cars and mechanics.
“Even when he was a little lad he would help his dad fix the car,” said Bernice.
“When we heard he had been killed in a car accident we actually thought he had been driving and we thought he had died the way he would have wanted, doing what he loved, driving a car.”
Aron had only been released from prison in early December and was looking forward to seeing his six-year-old son Brooke, four-year-old daughter Bobbie-Leigh and 23-month-old son Beau who live in Langney with their mother Kayleigh McLoughlin.
Bernice added, “The most upsetting thing for all the family is that he had only been out of prison a month before he was taken from us.”
Aron also leaves his dad Kelvin Taylor, his mum Anne Taylor and his older sister Leanne Grundon.
Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash.
A 17-year-old girl, who was also a passenger in the car at the time, suffered a broken leg. An 18-year-old girl from Eastbourne was uninjured but arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent. She has been bailed until April 15.
A 21-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taking a vehicle without consent. He was bailed until April 20.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police on 0845 6070999, quoting Operation Downham.