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Man admits Brighton Old Steine police pursuit crash death

Police at scene of crash
Image caption The crash happened in Old Steine, close to Brighton's Palace Pier

A driver has admitted causing the death of a 78-year-old man in a hit-and-run during a police pursuit.

Jonos Sasvari, of Little Preston Street, Brighton, died in Old Steine, near the seafront, on 10 January.

Gavin Dawes, 33, of Phoenix Rise, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of dangerous driving at Hove Trial Centre.

He was remanded in custody until sentencing on 16 June.

On this date he will also be sentenced for a previous dangerous driving incident.

Officers said a Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for them in the Bear Road area and was pursued towards Brighton where it hit the pedestrian, who died at the scene.

They said the car did not stop after the crash and was later found abandoned on Madeira Drive.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating what happened, including "the actions and decisions of the police officers who were in the area at the time".

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