HAILSHAM: Driver faces court after fatal crash

A MAN has been charged with causing death by careless driving after a fatal crash near Herstmonceux last December.

Alvin Atkins, 37, of Kent Road, St Leonards, will appear on police bail for a preliminary hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on August 12.

Police and other emergency services were called to reports of a collision involving an East Sussex Highways vehicle and a Mini on the A271 at Boreham Street near Herstmonceux just before 2.30pm on December 17.

The flatbed Highways vehicle – carrying road equipment and operated by a contractor on behalf of the County Council – was travelling east when it collided with a Mini, which was travelling west.

The driver of the Mini, Daniel Martin, 31, of Grange Close, Horam, later died of injuries caused in the collision.

He had been treated in the back of an ambulance by both crew members while a road policing officer drove the vehicle to the DGH. Minutes later, the ambulance partially left the road and collided with a bush on Standard Hill, Ninfield.

The police helicopter and Kent Air Ambulance attended the scene of the second collision, where Mr Martin was pronounced dead.

One of the ambulance crew was treated at hospital for minor injuries.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was contacted by Sussex Police and they have since decided the matter should be investigated locally by this force. This was carried out and a separate report was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Kent, who subsequently decided that there should be no criminal proceedings against anyone involved in that second collision.

The officer who drove the ambulance was taken off driving duties for a period as a matter of standard policy but has since returned to full driving duties. He will not face disciplinary proceedings.