Man cleared of causing Eastbourne van driver Colin’s death

Fatal RTA at Pyecombe
Fatal RTA at Pyecombe

A man has been found not guilty of causing the death of Eastbourne van driver Colin Booth by careless driving.

Barry Edwards appeared at Hove Crown Court charged with causing the death of 57-year-old Mr Booth by careless driving on the A23 two years ago.

At 5.56am on Tuesday October 4 2011, a Renault van driven by Barry Edwards, 58, from Worcester Road, Crawley, was travelling southbound on the A23 at Pyecombe when it lost control and collided with street lighting, causing it to fall across the northbound lane.

Another Renault van, driven by Mr Booth from St Anne’s Road was travelling north when it was struck by the street lighting and Mr Booth sadly died at the scene from his injuries.

Following an eight day trial Mr Edwards was found not guilty of the offence.

As Mr Edwards walked free from the court, Mr Booth’s family said, “Colin was a devoted husband, a loving father and his whole family misses him dearly.

“The condolence messages from his friends and work colleagues has been overwhelming and we’d like to thank them all for that.

“It has shown how many lives he touched with his great sense of humour and larger then life personality.”