A MOTORCYCLIST died in a crash with a car today.

Police were called to Falmer Road in Rottingdean at 7am where a car and a motorbike crashed near the junction with Court Farm Road.

The motorcyclist, a 29-year-old man from Brighton, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the Nissan Juke, a 35-year-old man from Peacehaven, has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody.

The Argus:

One Meadow Parade resident, who asked not to be named, said: “That road is lethal.

“There’s supposed to be a 20mph limit as you approach from Rottingdean but some cars come through here at a horrible speed.

“It’s a death trap.

“There’s a hill as you come through so you can’t see what’s coming, including there’s a bus stop and some junctions.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

She added: “I’m really sorry for the man that died and his family.

“I have a son who is 27 and I can’t imagine how it feels.

“If a young man has died like this, something has got to be done about that road.

“It’s used as a rat run.

“I have lived here for a long time and it used to be a quiet place, but they keep building houses so the number of cars passing through here has doubled, as has the speed they go.”

The Argus:

One Meadow Close resident said: “I didn’t see it but I could hear the sirens of all the ambulances and police.

“We were about to go out but the road was all blocked off and the police put a barrier around the road.

“My husband walked up the road to see what was going on and someone told him that a motorcyclist had been hit which is awful.

“The road stayed blocked for about four hours.”

The Argus:

One employee at Deans Dental Care said: “When I got to work the road was closed off. There were a lot of police cars.”

One resident said: “What happened to that motorcyclist this morning is absolutely terrible.

“It’s a dangerous road and it’s only by the grace of God that more accidents don’t happen here.

“I have horses in the yard across the road and when my daughter comes out on her pony cars come racing up behind her. It’s a speed trap.”

The Argus:

Another neighbour said: “It’s a 50mph road, which is fine, but a lot of people exceed that, especially at night.

“It happened around 7am, so with rush hour people often go particularly fast.

“There have been a few accidents on this road, about six months ago a car went through my neighbour’s front wall and another car took out a bollard.”

Sergeant Vicki Rees said: “We are appealing to anyone who was driving through Rottingdean on Thursday morning and saw what happened or captured anything which might help on their dash-cam. Please get in touch on email quoting Operation Helena.”