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Driver dies after stepping into road after police pursuit

Four people have died including two pedestrians in two separate accidents which happened within four hours in the same county.

In the first crash, a Nissan Pathfinder 4×4 struck several pedestrians who were in a group walking along Harveys Lane, just off the B2192 outside Ringmer, East Sussex, at 8pm on Saturday.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Tragically two of the pedestrians, a man from Wimbledon, south west London, and a man from Tunbridge Wells, both aged 31, died at the scene.

‘Two women, a 29-year-old from Wimbledon and a 27-year-old from Addlestone, Surrey, were treated for minor injuries at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and were discharged.

‘The other three pedestrians in the group a 29-year-old man from Addlestone, a 24-year-old woman from Morden and a 31-year old woman from Sutton, both in south London, were unhurt.

‘The 37-year-old Uckfield woman driving the car was unhurt.’

In the second incident, a driver and passenger in a Ford Ranger were killed when their car was in collision with a Mini Countryman on the A267, just north of Cross-In-Hand, near Heathfield, just before 11.30pm.

The force spokesman said: ‘The 55-year-old man driving the Ford and the 48-year-old woman who was his passenger, both from Heathfield, died at the scene.

‘The Mini driver, an 18-year-old man from Heathfield, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

‘His passenger, an 18-year-old woman from Newick, was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries.’

In a third incident, an 11-year-old girl pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to St George’s Hospital, London, after she was in collision with a car in Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, at 1.45pm on Sunday.

The spokesman said: ‘The 32-year-old Ditchling woman who was driving the car, a BMW 116 saloon, was unhurt but was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for shock.

‘Nobody else was reported to have been injured in the incident.’