Monday July 7 - Double Exmouth tragedy. Mother, 43, dies in accident and cyclist killed in crash

PUBLISHED: 12:09 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

The Clinton Arms, Littleham on Sunday. Ref: P1353-28-08SH

The Clinton Arms, Littleham on Sunday. Ref: P1353-28-08SH

EXMOUTH is today coming to terms with the tragic news that two locals were killed over the weekend in accidents.

EXMOUTH is today coming to terms with the tragic news that two locals were killed over the weekend in accidents.

Mum-of-five Susan Dare, 43, died after an alleged hit-and-run accident in the early hours of Sunday as she walked home with friends after a night out in Littleham.

Hours later a 23-year-old man from Exmouth, who has not been named, was killed while cycling along the A379 Dawlish Road between Exminster and Dawlish.

Police said Sue Dare, a caterer at the Commando Training Centre, at Lympstone, was in an accident involving a red Rover car near Littleham Church as she walked home shortly before 1am.

It is believed two other people with her were injured.

Police said the driver made off on foot.

A 53-year-old Exmouth man was later arrested and had been released on bail, said police.

The emergency services said the force of the collision dragged Mrs Dare under the car and she was carried her along for some distance until the vehicle stopped in the car park of the Clinton Arms.

The fire service used hydraulic lifting equipment and air bags to lift the vehicle and remove her from underneath the car.

Floral tributes were on Sunday left in the car park of the Clinton Arms at the spot where the vehicle had stopped.

House-to-house enquiries were carried out by the police and they are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Mrs Dare, who was divorced, had five children, Steven, Martin, Sammie, David and Simon.

Her 19-year-old son Steven died in August 2004 when he came off his Yamaha motorbike near the Knowle Hill roundabout, on the outskirts of Budleigh Salterton, on his way to East Devon Golf Club, where he worked as a green-keeper. A floral memorial still marks the spot of the tragedy.

At 11.40am on Sunday, a 23-year-old Exmouth man cycling between Exminster and Dawlish received serious head injuries after he was in a collision iinvolving a Rover MGF car.

Police said the cyclist - whose name is yet to be released - died shortly after arriving at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, despite the best efforts of the paramedics.

The driver of the car, from Kingkerswell, and another cyclist were treated for shock.

The main A379 road from Exminster to Starcross was closed for most of Sunday afternoon while police teams carried out their investigations.

The police are appealing for anyone with information about the Exminster-Dawlish accident to contact them on 08452 777444, quoting log number 426 of July 6 2008.

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