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Drivers tell of M23 police chase horror

Witnesses have described the moment they saw a teenager struck as he tried to cross a motorway to flee from police.

The 19-year-old was attempting to pass the northbound carriageway of the M23 at Crawley when he was struck by a silver Seat Leon at 11.50am on Sunday.

He was airlifted to Royal London Free Hospital in Whitechapel where he remained critically ill last night.

In the 20 minutes before the crash the teenager, from Crawley Down, had been travelling in a stolen car which police were chasing in Moat Road, East Grinstead.

It crashed in London Road, East Grinstead, and police and firefighters were called.

A woman driving the other vehicle involved in the crash was cut free.

But the teenager was driven off in the stolen car, which people said was “smashed up” at this point.

It was dumped in Stace Way, Worth, in Crawley and both the teenager and another man ran off. The second man was arrested shortly afterwards but the teen ran through a field and onto the southbound carriageway of the M23.

Witnesses said he crossed the southbound carriageway safely and “hurdled” over the central reservation - but was hit as he attempted to pass the northbound carriageway.

One driver who witnessed the incident said the woman who struck the teenager was “distraught”.

He said: “I was in the car parallel to the one which hit this guy.

“He came out of the field adjacent to the southbound carriageway, managed to cross to the central reservation, where I thought he would wait before trying to cross the northbound motorway.

“He continued at speed, straight into our path, hit the car beside me and flew up into the air.

“The poor driver who hit him was distraught. She had a young child in the car with her. It must have been horrific.”

Comments were also made on social networking sites.

Laura Beauchamp (COR) said: “I saw him zoom past in a smashed up car and run through the fields by the motorway in Worth.”

Scott Goody added: There was a high speed chase in East Grinstead about 11.30am.

“It resulted in a large crash.”

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as a matter of standard policy because of the police activity at the time.”

The second man, aged 33 and from Crawley, has been bailed until April 11. He was arrested on suspicion of travelling in a stolen motor vehicle.

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5:52am Tue 11 Feb 14

rogerthefish says...

You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..
You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle.. rogerthefish
  • Score: 57

7:34am Tue 11 Feb 14

hyram77 says...

Sounds like a case of karma to me. Hope the lady who was cut from her car and the other lady with her child make a full, physical and mental recovery.
Sounds like a case of karma to me. Hope the lady who was cut from her car and the other lady with her child make a full, physical and mental recovery. hyram77
  • Score: 42

7:57am Tue 11 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

rogerthefish wrote:
You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..
Not that I have any sympathy for either of them but the 'scroat' on bail was the passenger. The 'scroat' who got hit was the driver.
My feelings go for the woman in the damaged car and especially the poor woman who hit.
As for Karma, I'd agree with that.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..[/p][/quote]Not that I have any sympathy for either of them but the 'scroat' on bail was the passenger. The 'scroat' who got hit was the driver. My feelings go for the woman in the damaged car and especially the poor woman who hit. As for Karma, I'd agree with that. Indigatio
  • Score: 24

8:28am Tue 11 Feb 14

Jimmbob says...

Well he won't be stealing anyone else's car now will he!
Well he won't be stealing anyone else's car now will he! Jimmbob
  • Score: 27

8:55am Tue 11 Feb 14

LongDistanceRunner2 says...

hyram77 wrote:
Sounds like a case of karma to me. Hope the lady who was cut from her car and the other lady with her child make a full, physical and mental recovery.
How utterly thick to suggest the death of a young adult can possibly be 'karma' for the theft of a vehicle...
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a case of karma to me. Hope the lady who was cut from her car and the other lady with her child make a full, physical and mental recovery.[/p][/quote]How utterly thick to suggest the death of a young adult can possibly be 'karma' for the theft of a vehicle... LongDistanceRunner2
  • Score: -38

9:02am Tue 11 Feb 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Facts are important. As yet the miscreant hit on the M23 to the great & understandable distress of the lady driver is critically ill and has not died. To attempt to cross a six-lane dual carriageway to escape from pursuing police is not the brightest choice - sympathy, not much.
As for the pairs' earlier wrecking spree - just worrying that too many innocent people were caught up in the effects of two obviously bad ones' afternoon activities.
Facts are important. As yet the miscreant hit on the M23 to the great & understandable distress of the lady driver is critically ill and has not died. To attempt to cross a six-lane dual carriageway to escape from pursuing police is not the brightest choice - sympathy, not much. As for the pairs' earlier wrecking spree - just worrying that too many innocent people were caught up in the effects of two obviously bad ones' afternoon activities. Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 25

9:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

..and my facts are adrift - see the incident on M23 was at 11.52 a.m.
..and my facts are adrift - see the incident on M23 was at 11.52 a.m. Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 0

9:29am Tue 11 Feb 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

Hope the people injured and inconvenienced as a result of the crim's antics recover quickly and shame he didn't fall out of the helicopter on the way to hospital...
Hope the people injured and inconvenienced as a result of the crim's antics recover quickly and shame he didn't fall out of the helicopter on the way to hospital... The Prophet of Doom
  • Score: 11

9:34am Tue 11 Feb 14

CivicMan says...

Police chases whether in Portslade or Crawley seem to have a lot of sad endings.
Police chases whether in Portslade or Crawley seem to have a lot of sad endings. CivicMan
  • Score: -12

11:10am Tue 11 Feb 14

IRISH DEFENCE FORCES VETERANS UK says...

rogerthefish wrote:
You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..
When are we going to wake up, why was he bailed? We are too soft with drivers. I use the A27 four times a day and all I see every day is :
Young ladies driving over 70mph going to collect their children .
Cars overtaken at high speed on the left side.
Cars with children in cars jumping all over the cars .
Cars with children as young as 6mths sitting in the front seat facing forward. Ambulance Drivers & Police Drivers not on emergency calls using mob/phones "inc" other drivers.
Vehicles overtaking with no lights in the tunnel .
Heavy Vehicles(HGV) or under, Overloaded.
Cars with trailers with no lights and with Reg/No of trailer not as car.
From West to East on A27 Vehicles cutting up other vehicles at the last minute to turn off on A23 (THIS HAPPENS NEARLY EVERY 10 MINUTES)
And there is more but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!! Where is the Traffic (TANGO) Police vehicles?? I know ! but I cant say at this time. Edward.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..[/p][/quote]When are we going to wake up, why was he bailed? We are too soft with drivers. I use the A27 four times a day and all I see every day is : Young ladies driving over 70mph going to collect their children . Cars overtaken at high speed on the left side. Cars with children in cars jumping all over the cars . Cars with children as young as 6mths sitting in the front seat facing forward. Ambulance Drivers & Police Drivers not on emergency calls using mob/phones "inc" other drivers. Vehicles overtaking with no lights in the tunnel . Heavy Vehicles(HGV) or under, Overloaded. Cars with trailers with no lights and with Reg/No of trailer not as car. From West to East on A27 Vehicles cutting up other vehicles at the last minute to turn off on A23 (THIS HAPPENS NEARLY EVERY 10 MINUTES) And there is more but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! Where is the Traffic (TANGO) Police vehicles?? I know ! but I cant say at this time. Edward. IRISH DEFENCE FORCES VETERANS UK
  • Score: -6

11:42am Tue 11 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

rogerthefish wrote:
You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..
probably lack of evidence - if he went "no comment" in interview as everyone does these days - need to evidentially place him in the vehicle - either by identification evidence or DNA/fingerprints - which takes a little time. longer than his custody clock will allow I guess.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..[/p][/quote]probably lack of evidence - if he went "no comment" in interview as everyone does these days - need to evidentially place him in the vehicle - either by identification evidence or DNA/fingerprints - which takes a little time. longer than his custody clock will allow I guess. emma_barnes
  • Score: 7

4:50pm Tue 11 Feb 14

gheese77 says...

IRISH DEFENCE FORCES VETERANS UK wrote:
rogerthefish wrote:
You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..
When are we going to wake up, why was he bailed? We are too soft with drivers. I use the A27 four times a day and all I see every day is :
Young ladies driving over 70mph going to collect their children .
Cars overtaken at high speed on the left side.
Cars with children in cars jumping all over the cars .
Cars with children as young as 6mths sitting in the front seat facing forward. Ambulance Drivers & Police Drivers not on emergency calls using mob/phones "inc" other drivers.
Vehicles overtaking with no lights in the tunnel .
Heavy Vehicles(HGV) or under, Overloaded.
Cars with trailers with no lights and with Reg/No of trailer not as car.
From West to East on A27 Vehicles cutting up other vehicles at the last minute to turn off on A23 (THIS HAPPENS NEARLY EVERY 10 MINUTES)
And there is more but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!! Where is the Traffic (TANGO) Police vehicles?? I know ! but I cant say at this time. Edward.
And its not just on the motorway, only this afternoon I saw some idiot doing well over 30 mph, outside a school when the kids were coming out, & he wasn't even giving the road his full attention as he was fiddling with his phone. We need to get these idiots off the road
[quote][p][bold]IRISH DEFENCE FORCES VETERANS UK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: You've got to feel sorry for the two woman involved in both crashes they have done nothing, and why did the scroat who was arrested not kept in custody for injuring the lady who had to be cut out of her vehicle..[/p][/quote]When are we going to wake up, why was he bailed? We are too soft with drivers. I use the A27 four times a day and all I see every day is : Young ladies driving over 70mph going to collect their children . Cars overtaken at high speed on the left side. Cars with children in cars jumping all over the cars . Cars with children as young as 6mths sitting in the front seat facing forward. Ambulance Drivers & Police Drivers not on emergency calls using mob/phones "inc" other drivers. Vehicles overtaking with no lights in the tunnel . Heavy Vehicles(HGV) or under, Overloaded. Cars with trailers with no lights and with Reg/No of trailer not as car. From West to East on A27 Vehicles cutting up other vehicles at the last minute to turn off on A23 (THIS HAPPENS NEARLY EVERY 10 MINUTES) And there is more but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! Where is the Traffic (TANGO) Police vehicles?? I know ! but I cant say at this time. Edward.[/p][/quote]And its not just on the motorway, only this afternoon I saw some idiot doing well over 30 mph, outside a school when the kids were coming out, & he wasn't even giving the road his full attention as he was fiddling with his phone. We need to get these idiots off the road gheese77
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

tez1959 says...

what goes around comes around no good teenage thug of a thief should of left him in the road to finish him off .feel so sorry for those innocent females involved must have been very traumatic for them i wish them well.
what goes around comes around no good teenage thug of a thief should of left him in the road to finish him off .feel so sorry for those innocent females involved must have been very traumatic for them i wish them well. tez1959
  • Score: 0

6:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

tez1959 wrote:
what goes around comes around no good teenage thug of a thief should of left him in the road to finish him off .feel so sorry for those innocent females involved must have been very traumatic for them i wish them well.
Your grammar is just as traumatic.
[quote][p][bold]tez1959[/bold] wrote: what goes around comes around no good teenage thug of a thief should of left him in the road to finish him off .feel so sorry for those innocent females involved must have been very traumatic for them i wish them well.[/p][/quote]Your grammar is just as traumatic. All 9 of me
  • Score: 4

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