Boy, 11, tragically dies after being hit by van outside village pub

Serious traffic collision near Barnetby Top

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Sussex Police confirmed that an 11-year-old boy has tragically died after being hit by a flatbed van outside a pub. Last Thursday, officers were called to The Lamb Inn, in Hooe, East Sussex, at around 3.05pm, following a collision between a car and the van. The young boy received serious injuries as a result of the collision and was airlifted to hospital.

However, the 11-year-old died of his injuries on Saturday.

Police said his family were being supported by specialist officers at this time.

A 33-year-old man from Eastbourne was arrested at the time of the accident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He remains in custody and under investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses to step forward and help them with their inquiries.

In a statement released to their website, Sussex Police said: “An 11-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a collision in Hooe has since sadly died.

“Officers were called to the B2095 at about 3.05pm on Thursday 15 December following a collision between a car and a flatbed van.

“Colleagues from the ambulance service attended and the young boy was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“Sadly, he died as a result of his injuries on Saturday 17 December.

“His next-of-kin are being supported by specialist officers at this time.

“A 33-year-old man from Eastbourne was arrested at the time of the incident, prior to the young boy’s death, on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

“He remains under investigation for offences.

“In the meantime, police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

“Anyone who saw what happened or who has any dash cam footage is urged to email [email protected], quoting Operation Seville.”

East Sussex has seen a number of serious and fatal road casualties in recent years.


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Data published for the year 2020 by the the website show a total of 1,330 road casualties.

Of these, 295 were wither either killed or seriously injured, while 1,035 received slight injuries.

A report released in February this year by Zutobi, an international driver’s education company, has also ranked East Sussex drivers as the eleventh most dangerous in Britain.

However, East Sussex drivers were involved in less accidents per 100,000 people than their West Sussex counterparts.

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