Police appeal after driver flees A272 crash

SUSSEX Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a car failed to stop following an accident on the A272.

The crash happened on Elsted Road, Midhurst, at 2.07pm on Saturday, April 26.

A police spokesman said: “The black BMW motorbike, travelling east to west, was being driven by a 55-year-old man from Peacehaven, who suffered a broken finger.

“The other vehicle, a red Seat, which was travelling east, did not stop. It would have suffered rear offside damage.”

The motorbike rider, Alain Saunders, claims the Seat driver failed to stop at the scene.

“I managed to keep the motorcycle upright and came to a halt at the side of the road about 50 yards on, but there is quite a bit of damage to the right hand side of the bike,” said Alain.

“The impact cracked the right hand cylinder head and all the engine oil leaked out on to the road, making the bike unrideable.

“I have suffered a broken bone and bruising in my right hand.

“The Seat Ibiza driver drove off without seeing if I was okay, and without giving any insurance details.

“If it helps to jog the memory of anyone who witnessed the collision, I was riding a brand-new BMW 1200RT motorcycle (similar to the type used by many Sussex police motorcycle patrols), with very dark brown (almost black) paintwork.

“The Seat pulled out of a side turning, it was a model registered between 1997-2002, with damage to the rear drivers side and light cluster.”

Anyone who saw the collision is asked to call 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 0794 of 26/04.