Victim named in Cross-in-Hand fatal accident on A267

The man who died when his van was in collision with an articulated lorry on the A267 between Cross-in-Hand and Horam on Wednesday has been named as 25-year-old Thomas Hayward of Salisbury Road, Lowestoft.

He had been living recently in St Mary Cray, Orpington in Kent.

Mr Hayward died at the scene of the crash in Little London Road when his blue signwritten Ford Fiesta van heading south collided with a white Renault articulated lorry travelling north. The driver of the lorry, a 48-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea, was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital with a serious shoulder injury, but is now recovering at home.

PC Doug Park from Sussex Police’s Road Policing Investigation Unit said: “We want to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who saw either vehicle being driven during the time leading up to the collision.

“In particular, we would like to speak to another van driver who was overtaken by Mr Hayward’s vehicle shortly before the collision and who stopped briefly at the scene.