Pedestrian in serious condition after collision with car on M23

Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision on the M23 at Crawley at 11.49am today (February 9).

A 19-year-old man was airlifted to the Royal London Free Hospital in Whitechapel after the collision in the northbound carriageway and is in a critical condition.

Sussex Police said that, prior to the collision on the motorway, a vehicle the man had been travelling in had been briefly pursued in Moat Road, East Grinstead.

A spokesman said the vehicle had been allegedly taken without the owner’s consent and had also been involved in a collision with another car in London Road, failing to stop at the scene.

The spokesman added the vehicle was then abandoned in Stace Way and two men ran from the car.

A 33-year-old man from Crawley was arrested nearby on suspicion of being carried in a vehicle taken without consent and is currently in custody.

The other man, from Crawley Down, was on foot when he was involved in a collision with a car driving northbound on the M23 between junction 10a and 10.

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.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision.

The road had to be closed southbound and northbound for the casualty to be treated and for the air ambulance to land.

Road Policing Unit Inspector Steve Grace said: “We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and we would like to thank drivers for their patience while the road was closed.”

Anyone with information should ring 101 or email quoting Operation Hadleigh.