Pensioner dies after car crashes into garden wall

The damagaged garden wall in Southbourne Road where the crash took place
The damagaged garden wall in Southbourne Road where the crash took place

A PENSIONER died when his car crashed into a wall.

The unnamed 68-year-old ploughed into a front garden on Southbourne Road at around 11.30pm on Sunday night after his silver Volvo mounted the pavement, hit a parked car and smashed into the brickwork.

Police are still investigating the incident, but early indications are that the driver suffered some kind of medical episode – possibly a heart attack – which caused him to lose control of his car and career off the road.

Neighbours living nearby were still visibly shaken the following morning.

Valerie Firman, who lives opposite the damaged wall, said she and her friends had feared the worst when they saw the state the man was in after the smash.

Her daughter was first on the scene and Mrs Firman said the victim had looked “in a very sorry state”.

Speaking less than 12 hours after the crash, she said, “I did not see it but I certainly heard it.

“My daughter rushed outside to help after hearing the crashing sound and was one of the people who found him.

“From where I was I could see he was not in a very good way.

“I did not know he had died until you told me, but we said last night that it did not look good for him.”

Southbourne Road has long suffered from being a cut through for drivers keen to avoid heavy traffic on Seaside and has developed a reputation locally as something of a rat run.

There were no skid marks on the road though, indicating that it was unlikely the driver had been going at speed before breaking sharply.

The damage to wall was also minimal, with the majority of it left standing – with just a section of it reduced to rubble.

Mrs Firman said that nobody in the road knew the man who died.

Eastbourne Police said it had been unable to confirm his identity but was hopeful of doing so later in the week.

Officers are now keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

Any readers who witnessed the crash, or saw a silver Volvo in the area shortly before, should call the police on 0845 60 70 999.