Family pays tribute to motorcyclist killed in head-on collision
A dangerous driver has been jailed following a head-on collision which claimed the life of a motorcyclist described as “a big man with a big heart”.
Ross Kirk, of Tower Road, Lancing, was travelling southbound on the B2123 Falmer Road at Rottingdean – a route he took routinely for work – when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle which was on the wrong side of the road.
He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton following the incident on the morning of December 6 2018, where he later tragically died from his injuries. It was his 29th birthday.
The driver of the black Nissan Juke involved – Joseph Onoyeyasorho – was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
The 36-year-old garage worker, of Anderson Close, Newhaven, had started to overtake two vehicles on approach to a left-hand bend with a restricted view when the fatal collision occurred.
He pleaded guilty to the offence and at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 21 November, he was sentenced to 32 months’ imprisonment, of which he must serve 16 months in prison and 16 months on license. He was also disqualified from driving for four years from the date of his release.
Ross’ family issued the following statement:
Ross was a big man – standing at 6’8” and 22 stone – and was known by everyone as the Hulk. But behind that he was a big softie really. He had a very calming presence about him and was very approachable. He was just so easy to talk to.
He was the heart of the family, he was the rock that kept us all together. We have always been close as a family, but he was always the one who everyone would turn to.
He was a father of two children, but he was also a father figure to all of his nieces and nephews. He would go out of his way to see his kids whenever he could.
Ross had a partner who he was planning to marry and foster children with, and his father-in-law said Ross was everything a man could ask for his daughter.
He worked as a window fitter with his dad at Lancing Glass Works, and he spent most of his childhood on the downs and on the beach. He just loved the outdoors.
Ross also served in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. He was in the army for six years, and his sergeant said he was the perfect leader and the ideal man to have by your side. Being in the army really shaped him as a person.
Ross leaves behind a large family including mum, dad, partner, sister, two brothers, and 16 nieces and nephews, all of whom miss him very dearly. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/family-pays-tribute-to-motorcyclist-killed-in-head-on-collision/
E-fit released of Worthing distraction burglary suspect
Police have released an e-fit image of a man suspected of stealing thousands of pounds from an 88-year-old Worthing woman during a distraction burglary.
The suspect approached the property - in the Durrington area of Worthing - at around 11.30am on Wednesday 13 November, offering to undertake any gardening work that needed doing.
While inside the property, he stole £17,000 from the elderly woman who lived there.
Officers investigating the distraction burglary have released an e-fit of their suspect, who is described as a white man, aged 50 to 60, between 5’8" and 5’10”, and of proportionate build.
The victim said the suspect spoke with a south east England accent, and had greying hair that was short, thinning and brushed back.
He was also said to be wearing a black jacket, a large ‘fancy looking’ watch, and carrying a very large yellow plastic bag. He left the scene in an open backed lorry-type vehicle.
Anyone who knows this man, or who may have other information that can help the investigation, should report online or call 101 quoting serial 259 of 15/11. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/e-fit-released-of-worthing-distraction-burglary-suspect/
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Location: Phrosso Road, Worthing
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