Fiance’s appeal after death of Maresfield motorcyclist

Kerry-Ann Theron
Kerry-Ann Theron

Sussex Police have issued a statement from the fiance of a woman who died when she fell from her motorcycle near Maresfield last month.

Steve Pronger, from Uckfield, is appealing for any information that could shed some light on the circumstances of the crash and help put his mind at rest.

Kerry-Ann Theron with Steve Pronger

Kerry-Ann Theron with Steve Pronger

Veterinary nurse Kerry-Ann Theron, 30, suffered fatal injuries when she fell off her Yamaha bike when she was riding north along The Straight Half Mile shortly after 7am on Friday, October 25.

She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where she sadly died that evening.

Speaking at their home yesterday morning (Monday November 18), just hours before her funeral, her fiancé, Steve, said: “Kerry’s death remains a mystery as it seems unlikely that a simple fall at quite a low speed would have such tragic consequences.

“Police believe that there may have been another vehicle involved, perhaps quite innocently, and I would appeal to anyone who has the smallest bit of information that might help their investigation to get in touch.

“Kerry and I were to be married next June and the month before she died I travelled to Zimbabwe to meet her parents for the first time.

“Sadly, it has not been possible for them to attend her funeral and a service will be taking place near Harare for her friends and family in Africa this coming Saturday.

“She used to head home to Zimbabwe for a three month break from the English winter every year.

“She was full of life, absolutely dedicated to her work as a locum veterinary nurse and well-known to pet owners at a large number of vets’ surgeries in the area.

“She was an avid horse rider and just as enthusiastic motorbike rider, heading out with the Rickney Tuesday Biker Boys Club for fish and chips in Rye, a burger at Dunkies in Seaford and inevitably an ice-cream on Eastbourne seafront.

“We met when she became a neighbour and was pointed in my direction to help with a problem with her motorbike.

“I proposed to her in August and gave her a ring bought for a pound from the Festival of Transport - the real one followed soon after!

“Kerry wasn’t frightened to have a go at anything and would always get stuck in with a smile and a laugh.

“I have had some wonderful messages about her and they all mention her humour, her smile and that lovely red hair.

“I miss her terribly and I just want to understand what happened.”

Sergeant Bryan McCartney, from Sussex Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “We’ve spoken to a number of people who were around Maresfield at the time that Kerry came off her bike and that has led us to believe that she may have been clipped by another vehicle after she fell.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, please contact us on 101 or email quoting Operation Westwood.”