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1934: Cuckfield Youth dies in motorcycle accident

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 21 August 1934



Tragedy overtook a happy motorcycling party which set out from Caterham on Saturday afternoon with the object of bathing at Seaford. 

As they were proceeding along the Eastbourne Road between Lingfield and East Grinstead, one of their number, Mr. George Carey, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Carey, of 7 Highlands, Cuckfield, collided with a motor-car and sustained head and body injuries from which he died almost immediately. 

Image of a a 1930s car/motor cycle collision - The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study (MCCS)

Mr. R. Risby, his brother-in-law, who was following on a motor-cycle with a Mrs. Sheldrick on the pillion seat, witnessed the accident. A sad feature was that two other members of the party - Mr. Humphrey and Mrs. Risby, deceased’s step-sister who were in front on another motor-cycle, went on to Seaford and did not learn of the accident until they were passing through Lingfield in the evening. 

Mr. Carey, who has been working in Caterham as a plumber's mate, was well known in Cuckfield and Haywards Heath. On leaving school he was employed at Jackson's Stores in Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, and later worked for Mr. F. Seldon who carries on a butcher's business in High Street, Cuckfield. The body was removed to the Lingfield mortuary to await an inquest. 



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