COUNTY NEWS: Tribute to woman who died in Sussex collision

The family of a woman who died after she was hit by a car in a Sussex town while out walking with her children have paid tribute to her.

Debbie Masters. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police.
Debbie Masters. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police.

Debbie Masters, 37, of Coronation Gardens, Battle, sustained critical injuries after a car collided with her and her family in Upper Lake, Battle, on Sunday afternoon (March 19).

She later died in hospital.

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A statement by her family said: “Debbie was a loving wife and mother, who was adored by her husband, and will be missed forever, no matter what.”

Sergeant Peter Verney, of the Sussex Police roads policing unit, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the family at what is a very difficult time, and we would ask people to respect their privacy while they try to come to terms with what has happened.”

Police are seeking witnesses to the collision at 1.55pm involving a black Volkswagen Beetle which had been travelling west when it collided with the family.

The woman driver and the three children, including an infant in a pram, sustained shock and minor injuries and were treated at the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards.

The father of the children suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for treatment.

The car came to rest after crashing into the front of a cafe window, leaving customers trapped inside.

The father was discharged from hospital yesterday (Monday, March 20).

Sussex Police said officers examining the circumstances of the crash are investigating reports that the 34-year-old car driver may have been under the influence of alcohol when it occurred.

Under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act, blood samples were taken when she attended hospital and these have now been sent for analysis.

The A2100 was closed either side of the crash scene at its junction with the A271 North Trade Road and its junctions with Mount Street and Marley Lane.

Witnesses are asked to email [email protected] or phone 101 quoting Operation Willington.

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