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Horrified bystanders witness fatal car crash

By Sevenoaks Chronicle  |  Posted: July 26, 2012

HORRENDOUS: The wreckage of the two vehicles involved in the collision, in which the driver of the red Mazda died CNGM20120721A-008_C

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A MAN has been killed in an horrific car crash on a busy Sevenoaks road.

The 51-year-old, who police have yet to name, died in his red soft-top Mazda MX5 when it was in collision with a grey Vauxhall Vectra.

The accident happened on Otford Road, close to the Sainbury's supermarket, at lunchtime on Saturday.

A passenger in the Vauxhall and its driver had to be cut free from the vehicle. They were hurt, but not seriously.

The Mazda driver was from the Westerham area and died at the scene despite an air ambulance attending.

An employee of the nearby Homebase store, Mark, 50, from West Kingsdown – who did not want to give his surname – was first on the scene.

He said: "I was in my car eating my lunch and heard a huge crashing noise. I ran over, checked his pulse and moved his head back to make room for an airway.

"I took my shirt off and put it under his head to try and stop the blood.

"There was nothing I or any ambulance crew could have done to save him.

"A policeman did try CPR. I ran over to help just because it was instinct."

A woman who saw the accident at close range while driving around the roundabout told the Chronicle that she cannot get what happened out of her head.

She said: "It was horrible, I was driving very near when it happened, with my family in the car.

"It was raining debris, there were bits of the grey Vectra landing on our car. It all happened so quickly.

"I really want the victim's next of kin to know that he didn't lay there for 20 minutes dying in pain, it was instant and he wouldn't have known what was happening.

"All my family saw it and it was just awful, I can't get it out of my mind."

It is believed the victim had been filling up his car in the Sainsbury's petrol station just minutes before the fatal collision.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "We are appealing for information following a fatal two car collision in Otford Road, Sevenoaks.

"The incident occurred outside Sainsbury's supermarket and the driver of a Mazda, a man, died at the scene. The road was closed for the air ambulance."

Officers from the Kent Police serious collision investigation unit are asking for any witnesses to call 01622 798538.

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