Tributes to ‘proud father’ who died in A26 collision in Newhaven

Peter Knight with son Carson
Peter Knight with son Carson

The wife of a man who died after a collision with a lorry in Newhaven has paid tribute to a ‘proud father’ and the love of her life.

Peter Knight, 35, from Powell Gardens, Newhaven, who worked at Paradise Park, was in collision with a lorry on the A26 in Newhaven on Friday (December 19).

Tragically he died at the scene.

Another of the park’s employees, a 65-year-old from Bishopstone, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries.

Paying tribute to her husband Peter, Rachal said: “Words cannot describe the pain of losing the love of my life.

“He was so proud of being a father to Carson. He was the most devoted Daddy. He will always be loved and remembered by his family and friends.

“He will be loved forever in our hearts.”

Speaking to the Express on Monday (December 22) a spokesman for Paradise Park said: “Our thoughts are with the family and our hearts go out to them at this difficult time.”

Flowers and heartfelt messages have been left at the scene of the collision.

One said: “Pete, the happiest man I’ve ever known. There is no doubt your shining smile will live on.”

Another read: “You have always been a genuinely nice man and a proud father who relished being a dad.

“We are so pleased to have known you and are deeply saddened that you are gone.

“Condolences to your wife who we never met and your little boy.

“Thank you for the joy you bought my family.

“You touched many. Thank you for that my friend.”

Another read: “The world is a sadder place” and another “Rest in peace dear friend, you will be sadly missed.”

People also took to social networks to pay tribute to Peter.

One person said: “He was the nicest guy ever and couldn’t do more for you, thoughts with his partner and kids.”

Another said: “My thoughts are with the victims families.”

Both men were pedestrians when they were in collision with the lorry.

The driver of the red dropside DAF lorry, a man from Kent, was uninjured.

He was driving south on the A26 when the incident occurred just after 10am.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Glinsk.