UPDATE: Billingshurst man jailed over A29 fatal accident

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A man has been jailed after a fatal collision on the A29.

Samuel Kirk, 26 of Billingshurst, appeared in Worthing Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday, September 30) charged with driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He was jailed for 20 weeks after pleading guilty to both charges.

Sussex Police said a 26-year-old man has been bailed for death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at a road collision, failing to report an accident, driving while being under the influence of drugs and causing a death while driving an unlicensed, uninsured car while being disqualified. He has been bailed until 15 January 2014 while investigations continue.

A 22-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, who were also arrested following the rti, have been released without charge.

Police are also appealing for further witnesses and anyone who was travelling on the A29 around 8pm on Friday, September 27 when the incident happened.

Kirk’s Citroën Xsara was travelling southbound when it overtook another car, crossed a double white line on to the opposite carriageway and hit a cyclist.

The female rider of the bicycle died from her injuries at the scene. She has been named by police as Jennifer Hossack, 27, from Horsham.

Officers want to speak to another cyclist who was seen in the area and would have seen the collision.

Sergeant Stewart Goodwin from the road policing team said: “The cyclist we would like to speak to was travelling north on the A29 but we have no further description of them at all.

“However they are a key witness to what happened and we urge them to get in touch.

“Anyone who has not spoken to us is asked to contact us on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Barnward.”