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Witness appeal as Sussex cyclist dies following crash with fellow rider

Police say Martin Leonard died yesterday from injuries sustained in collision with riding companion

A cyclist has died from serious injuries sustained when he was in a collision with a riding companion close to his home in Catsfield, East Sussex, on Sunday evening.

Sussex Police have reissued an appeal for witnesses after the cyclist dies at St George’s Hospital in London yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, they said:

Martin Leonard, 52, of Skinners Lane, Catsfield, was cycling with three other men in Skinners Lane shortly before 8pm on Sunday when he collided with one of the others and they both fell from their bikes.

Mr Leonard was airlifted to St George's Hospital in London with head injuries, a fractured pelvis and spine and internal injuries, and sadly died on Tuesday afternoon (3 March).

The other cyclist, a 43-year-old man from Catsfield, suffered a minor head injury.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about it is asked to email //collision.appeal [at]" target="_blank">collision.appeal [at] or call 101 quoting Operation Burgundy.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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