St Leonards boy who died in collision named by police

The scene of the collision. Picture by Dan Jessup
The scene of the collision. Picture by Dan Jessup

Police have today confirmed the identity of an 11-year-old boy, who died following a collision with a car in St Leonards last month.

He was Harley Simpson, of Bulverhythe Road, St Leonards.

The youngster was waiting to cross the road when the incident happened in Bexhill Road, St Leonards, on Saturday, October 22 at around 1pm.

Sussex Police said a silver Renault Espace travelling westbound collided with a central crossing bollard close to the junction with Bulverhythe Road.

The vehicle collided with Harley, who was taken by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, north London.

As a result of the collision, the A259 was closed to motorists for several hours.

Harley died on Friday (November 4).

Following last month’s collision, a 69-year-old man from St Leonards was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs.

Police said he has been bailed until Wednesday, December 21 pending further enquiries.

Any witnesses who saw anything should call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Neutral or alternatively they can email email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

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