Southwater driver jailed after man dies in crash

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Crime

A man has been jailed for 22 months for causing death by careless driving after an accident where a man from Southwater died.

Simon Graczyk, 28, of Eversfield, Southwater, pleaded not guilty to causing death by careless driving while uninsured at Lewes Crown Court.

Graczyk was jailed on November 14 and was banned from driving for 18 months.

Peter Green, 44, also of Eversfield, Southwater, died in the accident on May 23 2012.

Graczyk lost control of his Ford Fiesta after coming off the A24 Hop Oast roundabout, and the car collided head-on with a Toyota Landcruiser on a sharp bend at about 4.45pm.

Mr Green, the front seat passenger in the Fiesta, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said a 27-year-old passenger in the back of the Fiesta suffered severe head injuries that he may never fully recover from, and a 44-year-old man in the Toyota suffered slight injuries.

Emergency services including two air ambulances attended the scene.

Sergeant Alan Spicer, from Sussex Police’s roads policing unit, said: “This collision occurred due to the driving of Mr Graczyk.

“His actions resulted in the death of a loved father and the permanent injury of another. The sentence should serve as a warning that such behaviour is not acceptable on the road and can have devastating consequences.”

If you see someone driving dangerously report it on 999.

If you see antisocial driving, give the details of the driver and vehicle at www.operationcrackdown.co.uk so the incident can be investigated.