Sussex Police crash: IPCC to oversee James Sutton death inquiry

Hastings fatal accident Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption James Sutton was killed on the A259 at White Rock in Hastings

An investigation into a crash in which a 46-year-old pedestrian was killed by a police car is to be supervised by the police watchdog.

James Sutton, of St Leonards, was hit by the police car on the A259 in Hastings, East Sussex, on 12 March.

Sussex Police said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had assessed the evidence and decided to supervise the accident investigation.

The force will also carry out a professional standards investigation.

It said the terms of this would be approved by the IPCC.

Multiple injuries

Two local officers were in the police car when the crash happened at White Rock at the junction with Robertson Street at about 19:20 GMT.

They were responding to a report a car was being driven by a disqualified driver.

A post-mortem examination on Monday found Mr Sutton died from multiple injuries. The results of toxicology tests are still awaited.

Sussex Police has renewed its appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Ch Insp Natalie Moloney said: "Our thoughts are with all those involved and particularly with Mr Sutton's family, to whom we have been offering support at this very distressing time."

Lib Dem MP for Lewes, Norman Baker, has raised concerns about the safety of the A259 with East Sussex County Council following the death.

A council spokesman said it was unable to comment while the crash was the subject of a police investigation.

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