UPDATE: Police name Eastbourne driver killed in crash

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Sussex Police have named a 31-year-old man killed in an accident in Eastbourne on Monday night (December 28).

The man, who has now been formally identified as Alexander ‘Alex’ Inglis, of Summerdown Road, was driving a black BMW 650i convertible which had been stopped by police at around 8pm on Monday night.

As an officer approached the car on foot, Mr Inglis drove away from the scene.

Police did not immediately pursue the car but began to search the area soon afterwards – finding the crash site a few minutes later.

Mr Inglis was found to have crashed in Paradise Drive where he died at the scene despite receiving medical attention from emergency services.

The road was closed to traffic for seven hours while the crash was investigated.

On Tuesday a police spokesman said, “The BMW had been stopped by a police patrol several minutes before the crash, but as an officer alighted and approached the car it made off.

“It was not pursued and was not seen again until an area search revealed that it had crashed.

“Due to the earlier police contact the circumstances were reported to Sussex Police’s professional standards department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was advised.

“It [the IPCC] is now considering the circumstances.”

An IPCC investigator attended the scene of the crash but the independent body has not yet begun an official investigation.

An IPCC spokesperson said, “The IPCC was made aware of a fatal road traffic accident which occurred around 8pm on Monday, December 28 2015, on Paradise Drive in Eastbourne.

“An investigator attended the scene and an assessment is ongoing to determine whether there should be an investigation involving the IPCC.”

Officers would like to talk to anyone who saw the fatal collision or anyone who noticed the BMW being driven shortly before the crash.

Witnesses are asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk

They can also phone 101, quoting Operation Amos.

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