The crash which killed a 31-year-old Eastbourne man shortly after Christmas was not linked to the driver being stopped by police minutes before, an independent watchdog has said.
The victim, Alexander Inglis, of Summerdown Road, had driven away from a police stop at around 8pm on Monday, December 28, as an officer approached his car on foot.
Police did not immediately pursue Mr Inglis but a search of the area a few minutes later found he had crashed in Paradise Drive.
Mr Inglis died at the scene despite receiving medical attention from emergency services.
Due to his contact with officers before his death, Sussex Police informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and an investigator was sent to the crash scene.
But this week the watchdog said it would not be investigating the crash as it had found no link between the police stop and the fatal crash.
An IPCC spokesman said, “The IPCC has now assessed the information provided to us as part of the referral from Sussex Police.
“That information shows that there was no causal link between the actions of police and the subsequent fatal road accident. Therefore we have returned this incident to the force.”
Officers would like to talk to anyone who saw the fatal collision or anyone who noticed the black BMW 650i being driven shortly before the crash.
Witnesses are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org
They can also phone 101 quoting Operation Amos.
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