THE family of a man who died after being hit by an unmarked police car on the A259 are pleading for the return of their property.
Arthur Holscher-Ermert, from Newhaven, died after being hit by the unmarked black BMW on Saturday April 30 on the A259 near Bramber Avenue in Peacehaven in Sussex.
The 27-year-old took part in a brief chase in an Audi before exiting and crossing the road, where he was hit by the BMW. He had not been involved in the chase, police said.
Her father, Professor Jens Holscher, is the head of the economics department at Bournemouth University and said last month he would take legal action against Sussex Police.
Arthur’s body was returned to the family on Tuesday, May 31, after the autopsy, meaning they can now arrange a funeral.
But older brother Karl Holscher-Ermert, 30, would still love his belongings as soon as he can get them, adding he doesn’t want to lose precious photos from his phone.
He told The Argus: “We’re still awaiting autopsy results, so we’re not really any wiser than day one.
“I have sued Sussex Police in relation to Arthur’s personal effects, I am trying to get them released. We still don’t know when that might be.
“On Arthur’s phone are photos and videos that we don’t want to lose. They have the car, the clothes he was wearing, everything that was in the car.
“Arthur had so many friends across the country and around the world, some I don’t know, so we want the funeral to be as big as possible and people to know it’s an open invitation.”
Sussex Police could not confirm when the belongings can be returned to the family, but said they were in regular contact with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the authority responsible for investigate Arthur’s death.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “We consult regularly with the IOPC Fund to determine what property may be returned to the family and when this may occur.”
The family held a funeral at Downs Crematorium in Brighton on June 18.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. and they invite anyone who wishes to pay their respects.