Great Britain

Dad-of-five ‘beautiful girls’, 33, and ‘loving father’, 39, killed in pile-up as man arrested for ‘drug driving’


A DAD-of-five and a "loving" father were killed in a three-car horror smash.

Dean Bridger, 39, and Darren Grant, 33, were travelling in an Audi S5 when they collided with an Audi TT and Ford Transit van on the A27 near Lewes.

Both men were rushed to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved.

Their heartbroken families have now paid tribute as police confirmed two people arrested over the crash have been released under investigation.

Darren's family said: "Darren was a beloved son, brother, boyfriend and daddy to five beautiful girls who were his world, and an amazing uncle and step-dad.

“He was always the life and soul of any party, anyone who knew him would agree, and lived life to the fullest. Always playing the joker but was also there when you needed him.”

While Dean's loved ones said: "Dean was a very big part of our lives, loving, caring and incredibly generous.

"The outpouring of grief and the many, many messages of support have been incredible and a testament to the ‘Duke’, a good son, loving father, brother and partner who really will be missed in many ways.

"We'd like to thank the emergency services for their help and support."

Emergency crews were scrambled to the pile-up near the Ashcombe Roundabout at 10.20pm on April 30.

The 59-year-old driver of the Transit suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drug-driving and possession of cannabis.

And a second man, 29, was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the cars, which may have been travelling with a white Audi S3, to come forward.

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