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Pedestrian killed on busy road

Police are appealing for information after a fatal road traffic collision on the A303 eastbound near Popham services.

It happened at around 12.30am on Saturday, May 23.

A pedestrian is believed to have been struck by multiple vehicles. The man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are in the process of notifying next of kin to allow for formal identification procedures to take place.

We are appealing to anyone who was travelling eastbound on the A303 near Popham services around the time of the incident. We need to establish the exact circumstances and identify any further vehicles involved. One driver has come forward. We have spoken with several drivers at the scene, but we know there are still vehicles unaccounted for.

– Sergeant Andy Gwyer


Teenager dies after car crash

A 19-year-old woman who was seriously injured in a crash near Partridge Green on Thursday evening has died.

Alexandra Giddings was driving a blue Citroen C1 on the B2116 Shermanbury Road at around 10.20pm when it left the road and collided with a tree.

She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she died on Friday morning.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the car in the area in the time leading up to it is asked to contact or call 101 quoting Operation Halton.

Devastated mother talks of losing son in car crash

Two young people have been killed and a third has been seriously injured in a crash in Sussex. It happened at High Beeches Lane in Handcross. The car overturned onto its roof after hitting a tree. This report by Tom Savvides includes an interview with Marie Martin, the mother of one of those who died. It also includes an interview with Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas of Sussex Police.

Two car passengers killed in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after two passengers died when the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a tree at Handcross on Wednesday night (17 December).

A man aged 21, from Lindfield, and a man aged 22 from Haywards Heath who were sitting in the back of the BMW died later in hospital from their injuries after the car struck the tree and flipped on its roof.

The BMW was travelling east to west on High Beeches Lane heading towards Handcross village when it came off the road.

Two die in car crash Credit: Press Association

The driver, a 20-year-old man from Lindfield, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

A front seat passenger, a 16-year-old girl from Haywards Heath, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital before being released.


Man receives prison term for causing death by dangerous driving after killing father

Basanta Thapa was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Dorset Police
Mr Brown died at the scene of the car crash in March Credit: Dorset Police

Basanta Thapa, of Taunton, was handed a five-year prison term at Dorchester Crown Court today, Thursday 27 November 2014, for causing death by dangerous driving. He was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to run concurrently.

The 29-year-old was disqualified from driving for 10 years and told he would have to take an extended test before being allowed to drive again.

Thapa pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday 7 November 2014 at the same court.

The court heard the collision happened at 5.56pm on Monday 24 March 2014 on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston near Redpost.

Thapa, who was driving a Subaru Impreza, was overtaking a lorry on a solid white line at the brow of a hill when he crashed into an oncoming Skoda Fabia, being driven by Mike Brown and an oncoming Mercedes.

Mr Brown, 43 of Wimborne, suffered fatal injuries and sadly died at the scene.

His wife Claire Hooper-Brown and their daughter Josie, now aged eight, suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The Mercedes driver was uninjured.

Judge Peter Johnson paid tribute to Claire for finding the strength to give a victim impact statement and to the witnesses who stopped at the scene of the collision to help the casualties.

The sentence handed out today sends a very clear message to motorists in Dorset, who chose to drive dangerously, that they will be dealt with robustly, especially if their actions lead to fatal consequences.

– Senior investigating officer Sergeant Jon Wren, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Mike was very much a family man. He took great pride in the upbringing of our daughter Josie. Mine and Josie’s lives have been traumatically ruined. Every day is so hard living without Mike. I cry myself to sleep every night and not a minute goes by when we don’t think of him.

– Mr Brown's wife Claire

Serious crash leaves two people in hospital

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash in Crawley, injuring two people.

Emergency services were called to Breezehurst Drive in Bewbush at around 2:45am this morning to a car that had collided with a tree.

The car had lost control, hit the central reservation and then into the tree.

The driver, a 21-year-old man from Crawley and his passenger, who is 25-years-old and from Twekesbury, were both taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Packard.

Four cars involved in car crash in Weymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses after four cars were involved in a crash in Weymouth.

At around 1pm on Sunday 6th April, police were called to the collision at the junction of Chickerell Road and Lynch Road.

A grey Renault Laguna was travelling along Chickerell Road heading towards the Granby Industrial Estate when it collided with a silver Honda CR-V and a black Vauxhall Agila. The Honda then struck a grey Volkswagen Touareg.

Police Constable Nick Gravenor, of Weymouth Police, said: “The road was closed for about an hour and a half in order for officers to investigate the scene and for paramedics to treat the slight injuries of all motorists involved.

Anyone who has information is asked to call 101, quoting 6:197.

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