Chichester man narrowly escapes injury in five car pile-up

A Chichester man has told of the heart-stopping moment he narrowly escaped being hit during a five-car pile-up while on his bicycle outside his home.

David Chapman was cycling back from the post office to his home at Oliver Whitby Road on March 31, just moments before one car collided with three parked cars – and then with an oncoming vehicle which had momentarily stopped.

The crash happened just yards away from families attending a spring fair on a nearby green at around 11.30am.

“Children had been playing on the green by where the cars had parked,” Mr Chapman said. “Good grief – I dread to think what would have happened if one of the cars went on to the green. There were so many children there.”

Mr Chapman, who had luckily moved out of the way of the crash in time, said he nearly keeled over after the rush of adrenaline from the accident.

“It all happened so quickly. I don’t know how I didn’t get run over,” he added.

“I was there at the side of the road on my bike. I heard a big bang behind me and cars were being pushed into one another. I was just a couple of feet in front.

“There was a horrible realisation that I couldn’t see any possible escape and there was this noise of a screaming engine. When a car came past me it was just three feet clear of me.

“The emergency services came in no time at all.”

Sussex Police have said no arrests were made after the accident. It said an 87-year-old man from Chichester, who had been driving a blue VW Golf, had suffered some form of medical episode.

He was taken to St Richard’s Hospital for treatment to minor injuries. A 50-year-old female passenger of a Ford Mondeo from Chichester was also treated for minor injuries.

The parked vehicles by the green that were involved in the crash were a silver Citroen Xsara Picasso, a red Renault Megane and a blue Mazda.