Billingshurst man bailed after fatal car crash

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A BILLINGSHURST teenager has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, died after the silver Peugoet 306 they were travelling in left the road and collided with a tree in Slinfold, Horsham, yesterday evening (July 5).

Police and emergency services, including West Sussex Fire and Rescue, were called to the A264 Five Oaks Road near Fulfords Hill around 8.10pm.

The 18-year-old Peugoet driver from Slinfold died at the scene of the accident and a 19-year-old passenger was taken to St George’s Hospital, London, for emergency treatment but could not be saved and died this morning (July 6).

A different 18-year-old man from Billingshurst, along with a 17-year-old girl from West Chiltington, were passengers and were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The Billingshurst passenger suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and the girl had minor injuries.

Four teenage boys travelling behind the Peugoet in a silver Opel Astra were arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Three of the teenagers, two aged 18 and one aged 19, were released this afternoon with no further action being taken.

However, the 18-year-old driver of the Opel Astra, from Billinghurst, was released on unconditional bail, which he is due to answer on August 28, pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Alan Spicer from the Roads Policing Unit said: “All fatal road traffic collisions are tragic but even more so, when it involves young people just starting out in life.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to officers to please do so as a matter of urgency. We would also like to hear from any other drivers who saw the silver Peugoet or the silver Opel Astra prior to the collision.

“Please call 101 quoting Op Marline or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”

The road was closed for around nine hours while rescue, recovery and collision investigation work took place and police said they wanted to thank drivers for their patience.