Sussex

James Sutton death: 'Answers needed' say family

  • 24 April 2014
  • From the section Sussex
James Sutton, right, with his siblings
James Sutton, right, pictured with his siblings was hit by a police car on 12 March

The family of a man who was hit and killed by a police car in East Sussex have said they need answers about how he died.

James Sutton, 46, of St Leonards, was struck on the A259 in Hastings, East Sussex, on 12 March.

An investigation is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Sutton's sister, Helga Akitt, said the family were "none the wiser" and that the family "just need answers".

"It's so frustrating and as a family, we can't grieve. We just don't know what to do," she added.

Helga Akitt
Helga Akitt said the family was "still none the wiser" about what happened

Two officers were in the police car when the crash happened at White Rock at the junction with Robertson Street at about 19:20 GMT.

The officers, who were not on a 999 call, were responding to a report that a car was being driven by a disqualified driver.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Sutton died from multiple injuries.

Tributes left at the scene of the crash include street art and words describing Mr Sutton as "a diamond bloke with a heart of gold".

In a statement, Sussex Police said: "We have specialist officers engaging with his family, as they have been throughout, providing updates and information at all stages as they become available.

"We realise that this has been a very distressing time and our thoughts and sympathies are with Mr Sutton's family and friends."

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