Worthing man’s death after car crash near Findon declared accidental

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A PENSIONER described as quiet and sensitive was three-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit when he collided head-on with a lorry, an inquest heard.

John Sebastian Brown, 62, of Amberley Road, Storrington, died on January 18 when he lost control of his Peugeot 306 and collided with an IVECO heavy goods lorry on the A280 on Long Furlong, near Findon.

The inquest, held at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (July 12), also heard how one of Mr Brown’s tyres was 51 per cent under-inflated, with two others below the recommended pressure level. The fourth burst on impact.

The coroner’s officer, Karen Hawes, said Mr Brown’s alcohol level was found to be 280mg in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Michael Kendall, assistant coroner for West Sussex, said: “His death was accidental.”

For the full story, and eye witness accounts, see the next edition of the Herald (July 19).