Court date set for man accused of death by dangerous driving in Handcross

New figures show hundreds of police officers have been convicted of crimes in the last three years
New figures show hundreds of police officers have been convicted of crimes in the last three years

A man charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal collision in Handcross has been bailed to appear at crown court.

Kyle Witney, 20, of Finches Lane, Lindfield, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court today (July 22) charged with two counts of driving dangerously causing the deaths of Marc Martin and Matthew Preece and being unfit through taking drugs.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lewes Crown Court on August 19.

His bail conditions are not to contact the immediate families of the two deceased men or talk about the case through social media or the press.

The two passengers died when the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a tree at Handcross on December 17 last year.

Matthew Preece, 21, from Lindfield, and Marc Martin, 22, from Haywards Heath both died in hospital from their injuries. They had been sitting in the back of the BMW when it struck the tree and flipped on its roof on High Beeches Lane just after 10pm.

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