LATEST: Cowfold death crash biker named

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A MOTOR cyclist who died in a collision near Cowfold has been named today as 46-year old Antonio D’Alessio, of Gatehouse Lane, Burgess Hill.

The crash happened at 9.35pm on Wednesday June 22 on the eastbound A272 at the junction with Kent Street just east of Cowfold, when Mr D’Alessio, riding his Ducati 738 motor cycle.

He was in collision with a silver coloured Ford Transit van with signing on the sides, and left the road, hitting a signpost and tragically dying shortly afterwards.

The van did not stop at the scene but was swiftly traced by police and the driver, a 49-year old Haywards Heath man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was subsequently released on police bail until September 18 whilst enquiries continue.

Sergeant Stewart Goodwin of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit at Haywards Heath said; “We would like to hear from anyone who was on the A272 near Cowfold at that time and who saw anything that might help our enquiry.

“In particular we would like to trace a dark coloured saloon car, of which we currently have no more detailed description, driven by a woman, which may have driving in front of the van from the junction with the A24 along the A272.

“There is believed to have been a passenger but we have no descriptions of either person.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who saw two motorcyles being ridden north up the A281 towards Cowfold just before the collision.

“If you can help please contact us via 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Northleigh.”

Did you know the deceased? Email kirk.ward@sussexnewspapers.co.uk