Appeal for witnesses after pedestrian is critically injured on the M23

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Police are appealing for witnesses after the M23 collision in which a pedestrian was critically injured yesterday (Sunday).

The 19-year-old man was airlifted to the Royal London Free Hospital in Whitechapel after the accident in the northbound carriageway. He is said to be in a critical condition.

Police say that before the 11.49am collision, a vehicle the man had been travelling in had been briefly pursued in Moat Road, East Grinstead.

The vehicle, allegedly taken without the owner’s consent, was involved in a collision with another car in London Road but failed to stop, according ot police.

The vehicle was then abandoned in Stace Way and two men ran from the car.

A 33-year-old man from Crawley was arrested nearby on suspicion of being carried in a vehicle taken without consent and is in custody.

The other man from Crawley Down, was then on foot and involved in a collision with a car driving northbound on the M23.

Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as a matter of standard policy because of the police activity at the time.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision on the northbound carriageway of the M23 between junction 10a and 10.

The road had to be closed southbound and northbound for the casualty to be treated and for the air ambulance to land.

Road Policing Unit Inspector Steve Grace said: “We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and we would like to thank drivers for their patience while the road was closed.”

Anyone with information should ring 101 or email quoting Operation Hadleigh.