At about 4am on Thursday (1 January) a collision occurred on the A259 Grand Parade, St Leonards, at the junction with Warrior Square, between a Ford Focus car and a pedal cyclist. After colliding with the cycle the car continued for a short distance before stopping on the A259.
A number of men were seen to get out of the car and run away.
Sadly the 23-year old local man riding the cycle died at the scene.
Three men and a boy, were arrested later during the day, all on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
They are a 33-year old from Bexhill, a 24-year old from Hastings, a 24-year old from Bexhill, and a 17-year old from Bexhill
Two of them, the 33-year old from Bexhill and the 24-year old from Hastings, were also arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drunk or drugs. The 24-year old from Bexhill was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking.
Sergeant Phil Duffy of the Sussex Road Policing Unit said; Officers undertook detailed collision investigation work and the A259 was closed until lunchtime. We appreciate the patience of drivers whose journeys would have been delayed as a result.
“Any witnesses to the collision or to the Focus stopping afterwards are asked to contact us via [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting Operation Ashdon.”