Teenager killed as she walks home from bonfire celebrations

East Hoathy Bonfire celebrations have ended in tragedy as a young girl is killed last night.

A 17 year old girl from Uckfield has died after being knocked down by a lorry and a car as she walked home from the East Hoathly bonfire celebrations last night (Saturday November, 11).

Emergency services were called to the southern end of the A22 bypass near to Thatch garage in East Hoathly at 9.17pm last night.

The 17 year old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher said: “It appears that the girl, who is understood to have attended East Hoathly bonfire celebrations, may have been in a collision with two vehicles, a Scalia lorry and a Vauxhall Insignia.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to assist with their enquiries.

In particular they are interested to hear from anyone who may have seen a teenage girl wearing a red puffa-style jacket and black leggings in the area in the time leading up to the collision.

The A22 was closed from the Halland crossroads through to the Laughton junction was closed until 4am this morning, Sunday November, 12.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting Operation Gorse.