Lorry driver charged following Hassocks man’s death in collision

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A lorry driver is to appear in court charged with causing the death of a Hassocks pensioner in a crash on the A27.

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 25 July 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.

The 49-year-old male driver of the Vauxhall, 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.

Lorry driver Andrew May, 45, suffered minor injuries.

Yesterday May, of Truro Avenue, Doncaster, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on April 29.

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