A ‘much loved’ and ‘highly respected paramedic has died following a collision on the A29 at around 1340 hours on Monday 3rd February.
James McKeough, 48, from Burgress Hill, died after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a tractor near the Whiteways Lodge roundabout.
In a statement released on Tuesday 11th February, South East Coast Ambulance Service said that James worked as a paramedic serving the Brighton area.
Operational unit manager for the Brighton and Hove area, Tim Fellows, said:
“It is with sadness that we can confirm that the motorcyclist who was tragically killed in a road traffic collision on the A29 at Bury Hill last Monday worked for South East Coast Ambulance Service.
“James worked for SECAmb for 13 years, qualifying as a paramedic in 2013.
“He was a very popular and well-respected member of staff who will be sadly missed by colleagues and friends.
“Our thoughts are with James’s parents, brother, sister and his wife Paula, who also works as a paramedic for the service.”
Following the crash, a man from Chichester has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A spokesperson for Surrey Police said:
“The motorcyclist who sadly died when his machine was in a collision with a tractor on the A29 at Bury Hill on Monday, 3rd February, has been named as James McKeough, 48, of Burgess Hill.
“A 38-year-old man from Chichester was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
“He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
“If you saw what happened or have dashcam which may have captured the incident, please report it online or email email@example.com quoting Operation Dunham.”
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