Pedestrian killed by police car

Mid Devon Star: A man in his 40s has died after being hit by a police car in Hastings A man in his 40s has died after being hit by a police car in Hastings

A pedestrian has been killed by a police car in a seaside town.

The man was struck on the A259 at White Rock, at the junction with the A21 Havelock Road in Hastings, East Sussex.

The victim, believed to be local and aged in his 40s, died at the scene at around 7.20pm despite efforts to save him by police officers and paramedics.

The police car, carrying two local officers, was responding to a report that a car being driven by a disqualified driver had been seen in the area.

One of the officers was slightly injured in the collision. The car believed to be carrying the disqualified driver has not been traced, Sussex Police said.

A police spokesman said the incident was being referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

He said: "The full circumstances of the incident have yet to be established and it will be referred to the IPCC."

Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Marshside.

Two bouquets of flowers were left below police signs appealing for witnesses at the scene of the crash, just east of the derelict Hastings Pier.

Attached to one bunch was a note which read: "James, from Clive, Vix, Chloe, Ryan, Jonah."

Nearby resident Chris Paraskeva, 61, who lives opposite the crash site, witnessed the aftermath of the collision.

Antiques dealer Mr Paraskeva said: "I returned home five minutes after it happened. I could see CPR being carried out on someone.

"There was a bus parked further up. There was one police vehicle and then others arrived. In total, there were 12 police vehicles.

"They were just working on somebody lying down, then the ambulance arrived, and it went on and on and on for some time.

"It was apparent to me that he was dead not long after the ambulance arrived."

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