Police name man who died in Mannings Heath crash

A man died after the accident between Mannings Heath and Handcross
A man died after the accident between Mannings Heath and Handcross

A Horsham chef who died after his car collided with a tree on Friday (January 23) ‘touched everyone’s hearts’, his family said in a tribute.

Thomas Drewery, 21, of Arthur Road, a chef at The Pass restaurant in South Lodge Hotel, died after his grey Ford Focus hit a tree and went into a field off the B2110 Handcross Road between Mannings Heath and Handcross, police said.

The collision happened at about 12.30am.

In a statement, Mr Drewery’s family said: “Thomas lived in Horsham but hails from Louth, Lincolnshire. Two years ago he came to Sussex to follow his dream of becoming a Michelin starred chef.

“Thomas worked in The Pass restaurant at South Lodge Hotel, a job he loved. He made so many friends. Thomas touched everyone’s hearts and will be very much missed.”

The incident was reported to police at 11.20am on Friday. No other vehicles are thought to have been involved.

Officers closed the road in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the B2114 Brighton Road junction while they carried out their investigation.

Police are still appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision or who used the B2110 in the early hours of Friday morning.

Anyone with information should email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Bexley.