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Driver and passengers charged with causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving and other offences

Three people have been arrested for killing a cyclist in a hit and run while drink driving in a stolen car.

A 27-year old woman from Kingsfold died at the scene when she and her bicycle were hit by the car on Friday evening at around 8pm.

According to the police and local media reports the cyclist was hit by a silver Citroën Xsara when it crossed double white lines and entered the opposite carriageway on the A29 near Pulborough in Sussex when overtaking a grey Audi Q7. The driver of the Xsara then fled the scene.

A 26 year old man from Billingshurst, believed to be the driver, was later arrested in Storrington, five miles away, on a charges of causing death by dangerous driving, drinking and driving and driving while disqualified.

A 22-year-old woman from Crawley and a 17-year-old boy from Horsham were arrested at the scene for also for causing death by dangerous driving, drinking and driving and theft of a vehicle.

They all remain in custody.

Sergeant Stewart Goodwin from the road policing team said: "We are appealing for anyone who saw a silver car travelling in the Stane Street area around 8pm.

"We need to speak to any witnesses who saw what happened or saw the car prior to the collision. Please speak to us on 101 or email collision.appeal [at] sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Barnward."

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After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.