Family pays tribute to ‘wonderful father’ who died in Hastings collision

The family of a ‘beloved husband and wonderful father’ who died in a collision on the A259 in Hastings has paid tribute to him.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 9:02 am
Oli Paxton. Picture: Sussex Police SUS-210317-154349001
Oli Paxton. Picture: Sussex Police SUS-210317-154349001

Oli Paxton, 40, had gone out for a short walk after finishing work on Tuesday (March 9) when he was involved in a collision just outside his home.

In a statement released through Sussex Police, his family said: “A beloved husband to his wife, a wonderful father to his three sons, a caring son and brother, and a cherished friend, what is idle praise of others was true of him: that he won the love of many, and the affection of all.

“He had a quiet and gentle nature with a very witty and dry sense of humour. His generosity and love for others knew no bound: he would move mountains for anyone who asked.

Police collision sign on the A259 between Martineau Lane and Mill Lane. SUS-211003-125128001

“His loss is immeasurable and he will be more than missed by all who knew him.”

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision, a spokesman confirmed.

One man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remains released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Officers would like to thank all the witnesses that have already come forward to support the investigation, and continue to appeal for any further witnesses to get in touch.”

Officers investigating the collision said they are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw any vehicles being driven erratically along the A259 between Rye and Hastings around 5pm that day.

Anyone with information, or any relevant dash cam footage, is asked to contact police by emailing [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting Operation Starboard.