Sussex

Shoreham air crash: Victim hailed a hero for 'saving family'

Maurice Abrahams Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Maurice Abrahams was driving a Daimler limousine when the plane crashed

A father has hailed the limousine driver who gave way to his car moments before the Shoreham air crash as an "angel" who saved his family.

Chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, is among 11 people thought to have been killed when a vintage jet crashed into traffic on the A27.

Michael Sturgess said after Mr Abrahams "let him in" the lights changed, holding his classic Daimler back.

"Traffic lights went red and that's when he got hit," he told the BBC.

Image caption Mr Sturgess said he would also be sending flowers to the family of Maurice Abrahams

"Someone was looking down on us, really.

"That's why I've come down to bring some flowers to his family. Once all the roads open, we're going to put more down and send some to his family," Mr Sturgess told BBC Radio 5 Live.

'Hero to family'

He has left flowers at the bridge close to the crash, with a note that reads: "They say that angels come in many forms... Maurice was ours on that tragic day.

"His kindness on the day put our family ahead of the crash landing area. We would like his family to know he is a hero to my family and I wish I could have [met] him to say thank you and have the honour to have met a wonderful gentleman."

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Image caption From left to right: Matt Jones, Jacob Schilt, Matthew Grimstone and Maurice Abrahams

Pilot Andy Hill's 1950s Hawker Hunter crashed into traffic on the A27 on Saturday after failing to complete a loop manoeuvre.

He remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Four victims of the crash have been named by their families and friends and the names of two others who are missing have emerged.

Mr Jones, 24, a personal trainer, was named by his sister Becky on Facebook as one of the dead.

Worthing United players Jacob Schilt, 23, and Matthew Grimstone, also 23, are thought to have been travelling in the same car when it was struck as air display pilot Andy Hill's 1950s Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 West Sussex coastal trunk road before exploding.

Mr Abrahams, 76, who is a former Hampshire Police officer, was driving a Daimler limousine to a wedding at the time of the crash.

Sussex Police said more than 200 people had reported concerns for missing relatives or friends since the crash.

West Sussex coroner Penny Schofield said identifying those who died would be a "slow and painstaking operation".

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Image caption Pilot Andy Hill remains in a critical condition with multiple injuries

What we know so far about the air disaster

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