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Family tribute to man who died after hit-and-run in Hailsham

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The family of a man who died following a hit-and-run in Hailsham say he will be 'sorely missed'.

David Gunson, 73, from Hailsham was found with serious injuries on a verge on the A22 at around 4.38am on Friday 21st September.

The northbound carriageway, just north of the Eagles roundabout was closed until about 2.50pm while emergency services attended the scene.

He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton via air ambulance but later died on Wednesday 26th September.

David Gunson, 73, was a proud Sheffield man at heart. He attended King Edward’s Grammar School where he enjoyed swimming and cross-country running. He worked as a Sales Rep for Walls Ice Cream for some years before attending the University of Sheffield where he studied Law. It was at University that his love for sailing blossomed – a passion that he took delight in all his life.

“David was a practicing solicitor for a number of firms in Sussex and Lincolnshire for many years, making many friends along the way. After retiring, David worked briefly for the Co-op Funeral Service.

"Having always been fond of the South Downs and the Sea, David was happy to move to Hailsham to be closer to his three children Natalie, Jeremy and William, and his new-born grandson, Rupert.

“David’s death was a great tragedy and he will be sorely missed. We would like to thank all of the staff at the Royal Sussex ICU for their wonderful care and attention. We’d also like to thank his friends in Hailsham for their help and support.

“We are urging anyone who may be able to piece together his final journey on the tragic night to get in touch with the police.”

– Family tribute

Following enquiries, police seized a white Renault for forensics.

It is believed to have been involved in the collision in Hellingly.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or who may have been driving in the area late on Thursday 20 September or in the early hours of Friday 21 September is asked to get in touch with police.

A 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Hellingly, arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and failing to report a road traffic collision, have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.