Driver leaves the scene after van hits Storrington house

Ford Transit crashes into Storrington home, School Hill - pic by Steve Good SUS-150408-115654001
Ford Transit crashes into Storrington home, School Hill - pic by Steve Good SUS-150408-115654001

A Storrington couple were left ‘shocked’ after a work van crashed into their home in the dead of night and three men left the scene laughing.

On Sunday morning (August 2), 2am, Steve Good and his wife Alison of School Hill, Storrington heard a ‘huge crash’ while in bed.

“We rushed downstairs and saw a car in the garden embedded in the front extension of the house,” said Mr Good.

Three men were at the scene, apparently shaken by the incident and inspecting the damage. They told Mr Good that the driver had fled, said the 56-year-old.

The van had also destroyed the garden fence.

Mr Good said: “Two of the men said they were just pedestrians and there was one man looking to move the van.

“I tried to keep them there, but they started walking away and then ran away laughing.

“I was in shock, it’s not the sort of thing you expect,” he said.

The couple have lived in Storrington for over three years and claim they regularly experience people speeding along School Hill.

“It’s a bit of an issue and something has got to be done about it,” he said.

However, it cannot be confirmed that the driver of the Ford Transit was speeding at the time of the collision.

Sussex Police are currently appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

A spokesman said: “Shortly before 2.30am on Sunday a Ford Transit van travelling north on the B2139 School Hill at Storrington left the road on the nearside and collided with a timber fence and a porch.

“The driver and three passengers were unhurt and immediately abandoned the vehicle and ran off.”

Mr Good claimed he witnesses near misses as drivers speed along the road almost on a daily basis.

He said: “Unfortunately this was not really unexpected as traffic is constantly speeding up School Hill from the high street roundabout. Night-times are particularly bad, the road then becomes something of a race track.

“While there is a speed camera much further along the road towards Sullington, and drivers do slow down there, the deterrent of a speed camera, in both directions, at this end of the road is not present.

“Living where I do and working from home, I witness on a daily basis near misses due to speed and the entrance to Mill Road car park.

“There needs to be something done here before someone is hurt or killed. Apart from an air quality survey the parish council here seem powerless to take action to stop this menace.”

Mr Good informed Storrington and Sullington Parish Council of the incident.

In response the deputy clerk told Mr Good: “I will email the police and ask that they monitor this area, particularly around the times you refer to.”

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 232 of 2/8. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0333 259 2971.

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