Pedestrian dies after being hit by police car


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A man died after being hit by a police car responding to a call in a seaside town on the south coast.

The accident happened on the A259 in Hastings, East Sussex, yesterday evening while officers were investigating a report about a car being driven by a banned motorist. Their vehicle hit a man believed to be in his 40s and from the area.

Police and paramedics fought desperately to save him but tragically the pedestrian died at the scene. One of the two officers in the police car suffered slight injuries.

In a statement, Sussex Police said: "At 7.20pm on Wednesday, March 12 a police car was in collision with a pedestrian on the A259, White Rock in Hastings.

"The pedestrian, believed to be a local man in his 40s, tragically died at the scene shortly afterwards, despite the efforts of police officers and paramedics to save him.

"The officers were responding to a report that a car driven by a disqualified driver had been seen in the area. That car has not yet been traced.

"The full circumstances of the incident have yet to be established and it will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

The man hasn't been identified yet, but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, two bouquets of flowers had been left at the accident scene, near the derelict Hastings Pier, with a note on one of them reading: "James, from Clive, Vix, Chloe, Ryan, Jonah."

Witnesses to the accident should call Sussex Police on 101 or email them on quoting Operation Marshside.

Police said they would release more details as soon as possible.