Biker killed in Camber crash


A motorcyclist died and another was arrested following a collision on the Camber Road on the afternoon of Easter Saturday, April 20.

The accident happened at 2.14pm not far from the junction with the A259 and Northpoint Beach. Emergency vehicles, including the Air Ambulance were called to the scene and the road was closed until just after 10pm.

The road closure forced some Camber visitors to walk back to Rye

The dead man was a 39-year-old Londoner. The red Suzuki motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a Ford Ranger. Its driver and a woman passenger were taken to hospital for treatment with suspected back injuries and shock.

A 26-year-old man from Dartford in Kent, who was riding another motorcycle in the area at the time, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but was later released pending further investigation, according to Sussex Police.

Residents of New Road watched the air ambulance helicopter came in to land not long after four motorbikes had sped across Monkbretton Bridge and accelerated past their homes. “They must have been doing 100mph through our restricted 30mph zone,” one said. With the Camber road closed, traffic was severely disrupted including service buses being unable to get through. Some visitors were forced to try to walk back to Rye.

Sergeant Richard Hobbs, from the Sussex roads policing unit, said: “We tend to see a spike in serious injury collisions involving motorbikes around this time of year, especially on fine weekends and Bank Holidays. If you haven’t been out for a while, or even if you have, ride carefully and stay aware.”

Sussex Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen any of the vehicles involved in the area in the time leading up to it. This includes the movements of a group of motorcyclists who may also have been riding between Camber and Hastings on Saturday afternoon and came to the attention of other motorists.

Please email or call 101 quoting Operation Thorncroft.


Image Credits: Kevin McCarthy .

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  1. I saw a group of motor cyclists speeding down Rye hill in a 30 mph zone onto the bridge on Saturday afternoon about 3 pm they were weaving in and out of the cars with no thought for the dangers they were imposing on other road users but motor bikes are a common nuisance in Rye especially on bank holidays as they all congregate down by the strand, perhaps councils should stop them parking there as it just encourages them to come to Rye and create havoc, I have no problem with those that drive with care but unfortunately they all seem to think they should drive in the middle of the road and overtake anything and everything, they are also noisy when driven at speed, cars are not allowed to be so noisy but bikes are for some reason.


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