Worthing man charged after drink-drive death

A WORTHING man has been charged after an accident in which a man died when he was hit by a car on the Isle of Wight.

James Slater, 33, of Heene Terrace, has been charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention while being over the drink-drive limit.

He has been bailed to appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, December 30.

The charge follows enquiries led by Hampshire Constabulary’s road death investigation team.

Henry Martin Minns, 19, from Cornwall was walking along a road on the Isle of Wight shortly after midnight on September 12.

He died after being struck by a silver Ford Focus.

Mr Minns’ father Martin, his mother Rosie, and his two brothers, said in a statement: “Henry was gregarious and outgoing with a wide group of friends and huge zest for life.

“Henry had a very happy Cornish childhood and was greatly loved by his family and by his many close friends.

“He gave so much back to all of us and we are devastated by our loss.”

A 20-year-old man from Wales, also arrested in relation to the collision in September, was released from bail with no further action.