Tributes paid to Eastbourne man killed in freak road accident

Road police officers investigate Colin Booth's van after the tragedy
Road police officers investigate Colin Booth's van after the tragedy

AN EASTBOURNE van driver was killed in a freak road accident earlier this week.

Colin Booth, who worked for Plant Movement in Hailsham, died when a lamppost crashed through his windscreen as he drove to work at Heathrow Airport early on Tuesday morning.

Mr Booth, who was in his 50s, was driving northbound up the A23 at Pyecombe when a van travelling on the other side of the road lost control of his vehicle, crashed into the central reservation and knocked the lamppost into the opposite carriageway. He died at the scene of the accident.

The road was closed for several hours and the other van driver, a 56-year-old man from Crawley, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Booth lived with his wife Tracey in St Anne’s Road. The couple were only recently married in the Dominican Republic.

They were both keen golfers and members of the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club.

Mr Booth’s mother was yesterday being comforted by relatives at the family home in Northbourne Road and said her son’s death had left the family devastated.

Mr Booth’s employers Plant Movements, also paid tribute to him, describing him as ‘one of the family’.

John Miller and Peter Walter, the company directors, said in a joint statement, “We are all absolutely devastated.

“Colin worked with us for 11 years and was part of the family.

“He was a very valued and loyal member of the team – very experienced and trusted.

“Our thoughts are very much with his wife and family at this time.”

Police officers are now investigating the crash and anyone who may have seen the collision or the two Renault vans prior to the incident is being urged to contact police.

Ring 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Waltham.