Hailsham: Pensioner dies helping friend in bike crash

A MOTORCYCLE ride at the weekend ended in tragedy when a pensioner died while going to the aid of a friend who had come off his bike.

A 62-year-old man came off his Triumph motorcycle at Carters Corner, Hailsham, on Sunday morning and suffered minor injuries.

But his 71-year-old friend who had stopped his bike and went to help him collapsed and died at the scene.

He has been named as Kenneth Jarrett from Mill Road, Hailsham. Police officers are now investigating and appealing for witnesses.

The two friends had been out riding on Sunday morning when police believe they rode around a corner and were met with a stationary concrete mixer lorry.In a bid to avoid the lorry, the 62-year-old rider skidded off the road and received minor injuries.

His friend managed to stop safely and went to help him but collapsed and despite attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said the man is thought to have died of natural causes.

The matter has been referred to the coroner’s officer and a post-mortem is due to take place later in the week.

The 62-year-old man who received minor injuries was taken by ambulance to Eastbourne District General Hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident to call 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Kingsnorth.