THE Petworth community is in shock after a highly-respected antiques dealer in the town was involved in a devastating car crash which killed his wife.
Patrick Howgill, 86, the proprietor of Clockwise Antiques in East Street, was involved in a car crash on the B2135 between West Grinstead and Partridge Green on Monday, February 9.
He remains in a serious but stable condition at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.
His wife Alexis, 82, was the front-seat passenger.
She died at Royal Sussex County Hospital on Wednesday evening.
They were travelling in a Jaguar X-type estate car which crashed into a ditch and was partially submerged in water.
Mr Howgill is a specialist restorer and antiques dealer, working with clocks and barometers.
The couple were heading north towards West Grinstead and are known to have been travelling behind a blue Holland tractor, close to the junction of the B2135 with Mill Lane.
Sussex Police said: “For an unknown reason, the Jaguar left the road and went into a water-filled ditch, colliding with a tree.
“The elderly couple were both taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with multiple injuries, having been cut free by firefighters using hydraulic rescue equipment.
“Two crews attended, who said there had been a small amount of water in the ditch at the time.”
Sergeant Phil Badman, road policing officer, said: “The road was closed for several hours following this incident.
“This inevitably caused long delays and I would like to thank drivers for their patience and understanding while emergency services were at the scene.”