Brighton man named after hit-and-run police pursuit death

Police at scene of crash
Image caption The crash happened during a police pursuit in the city

An elderly man who was hit and killed by a car being pursued by police has been named.

Jonos Sasvari, who lived in Brighton, died near the city's Palace Pier on Tuesday night after the vehicle failed to stop for a marked car.

Sussex Police said no next-of-kin had been traced in the UK for Mr Sasvari and officers were working to trace any of his family elsewhere.

The 78-year-old, who was known as John, lived in Little Preston Street.

Sgt Richard Hornsey said: "Our thoughts are with the friends and all those who knew John in the city."

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.

Two men, aged 33 and 35, were later arrested between Old Steine and St James's Street.

They were held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop for police and failing to report an accident. They have been bailed until 27 February.

Sgt Hornsey urged anyone who saw the collision or has any other information to contact the force.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

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