Tribute paid to 35-year-old killed in road crash

Ringles Cross Hotel, Uckfield. Photo courtesy of Google Maps street views. SUS-151130-120458001
Ringles Cross Hotel, Uckfield. Photo courtesy of Google Maps street views. SUS-151130-120458001
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A tribute has been paid to a local man who died from injuries sustained in a road crash on Saturday morning (November 28).

The 35-year-old man was walking along Coopers Green Road, near Ringles Cross north of Uckfield, shortly before 1am on Saturday when he was involved in a collision with a car.

While the victim has not yet been formally identified by police, landlord of the Ringles Cross Hotel, David Gardner, told the Express: “We knew him very well. He was one of our locals and his family is very distressed. He was a much-loved and respected gentleman and very popular in the pub. We are all very upset.”

The driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and other offences. He has been released on bail until February 28 while enquiries continue.

Coopers Green Road resident Graham Midmer is leading a campaign to make the road safer. He said: “There are 32 houses on this road and 29 signed up to the campaign for a reduced speed limit. £5,000 has been set aside for this to happen.

“The solution would be to move the 40mph sign back to the traffic lights and put some signage on the road.”

In September, Cllr Claire Dowling told Uckfield Town Council that money had been allocated for a local speed awareness scheme.

The road between Ringles Cross and Coopers Green was mentioned as being included, but at the time of that meeting no decisions had been made on what would be done.

To view the original story about the incident, click here.

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