Driver dies in police pursuit crash in Lingfield

Felcourt Road Felcourt Road links East Grinstead and Lingfield

The driver of a car pursued by police after failing to stop was killed when he collided with three other vehicles.

The collision happened just after 19:45 GMT on Thursday in Felcourt Road in Lingfield, Surrey.

The man, who was driving a Lexus, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of one of the other vehicles was seriously injured.

Surrey Police said the man, who was the sole occupant of the Lexus, had failed to stop when requested by officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was called to the scene but said it was referring the investigation back to Surrey Police after listening to a recording of the pursuit.

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I heard a sort of thump and I thought here we go again”

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A police spokesman added: "The occupants of one of the other vehicles were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where the driver is being treated for serious but non-life threatening or life-changing injuries and the passenger is being treated for minor injuries.

"The occupants of the other two vehicles suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment."

The road was closed overnight at the junctions with Blackberry Road and Furzefield Road but has since reopened.

Roger Young said he saw a Lexus "roaring past at great speed".

"Shortly after that there was a police car with blue lights flashing. It was about a hundred yards behind.

"Then I heard a sort of thump and I thought, here we go again, the same area," he said.

"There have been loads of accidents down there," he added.

Map of Lingfield Residents have been campaigning for speed cameras on Felcourt Road
'Loud bang'

Residents have been campaigning for a speed camera to be installed on Felcourt Road which has a 40mph speed limit.

Liz Lockwood, from Felcourt Against Speeding Traffic, said four people had been killed or seriously injured on the road in the past four years.

"My friend phoned me last night to say there had been a really serious accident," she said.

"They heard a loud bang and they had come out to see what had happened. They saw a car wrecked at the top.

"As they came down from the road, they saw three other wrecked cars."

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