Lorry driver charged following fatal A27 crash

The scene of the crash in July last year PICTURE: EDDIE MITCHELL
The scene of the crash in July last year PICTURE: EDDIE MITCHELL

A LORRY driver has been charged with causing the death of a pensioner, following a crash on the A27 near the Southwick Tunnel.

Andrew May, 45, of Truro Avenue, Doncaster, was charged yesterday with causing death by dangerous driving.

He was released on bail, to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on April 29.

Ernest Humphrey, 79, of Mackie Avenue, Hassocks, died after the black Vauxhall Zafira he was travelling in collided with a lorry on the eastbound carriageway of the A27, close to the Southwick Tunnel, on July 25 last year.

The lorry struck the Vauxhall before crossing the central reservation and overturning, blocking the westbound carriageway.

The eastbound carriageway also had to be closed while the injured men in the Vauxhall were rescued and the barrier was repaired.

Sussex Police said the 49-year-old male driver of the Vauxhall, also from Hassocks, suffered head, leg and chest injuries and was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment.

Mr Humphrey, who was a passenger in the car, was flown to Southampton General Hospital but died of his injuries on July 30.

The lorry driver suffered minor injuries.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Kiwi or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.