A VAN driver has been arrested following the death of a cyclist on a country road.
The tragic accident happened yesterday morning on the A259 at Chidham, near Emsworth.
A 41-year-old cyclist from Havant was in collision with a Ford Transit van.
He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
Police have now arrested the 29-year-old van driver, from Chichester, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and he is in custody.
Police closed the road – which runs from Emsworth to Chichester – at the junction with Cot Lane up to the Bosham roundabout. It was closed for four hours while road accident investigators from Sussex Police carried out a detailed investigation.
Councillor Sandra James, from Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council, was cycling home from work when she came upon the accident.
She said: ‘I saw the road block but I didn’t not want to bother the police by asking what had happened. I’m very sorry to hear that a cyclist has died.
‘It has been such a beautiful day and that is such a sad thing to happen.’
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said they will not be in a position to name the cyclist until all next of kin have been informed.
A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: ‘I can confirm that our crew was called at approximately 9.10am to reports of a road traffic accident involving a bicycle and another vehicle.
‘Our crews attended the incident but despite efforts to resuscitate the man he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.’
The A259, also known as Main Road, is a popular route for cyclists avoiding the A27.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.
Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Heaton.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.