UPDATE: Crawley taxi driver believed to have suffered ‘medical episode’ before fatal crash

A Crawley taxi driver who died in a crash in Horsham is believed to have suffered a ‘medical episode’ at the wheel, police have said.

Peter Etherington, of Capricorn Close, died after a Citroen C4 and a Volvo tipper truck collided in Comptons Lane, at the junction with Heron Way, on Tuesday July 5.

The 68-year-old, who was driving the Citroen, became trapped in the car and was cut free by firefighters.

Police said he died at the scene.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “It is believed Mr Etherington suffered a medical episode at the wheel which caused his car to go into the path of the lorry.”

Two 15-year-old boys from Horsham, who were passengers in the taxi, were injured.

Police said one suffered minor injuries and the other remains in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, with serious injuries.

A 34-year-old from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled drug as part of a routine check at the scene. He has been released on bail until August 28.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact police by emailing collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or ring 101 quoting Operation Bridgetown.

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