Woman dies in Crays Hill crash that left car in ditch as Essex Police confirm arrests

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A 19-year-old woman has died after a crash saw a car end up in a ditch next to an Essex road. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to Oak Road, Crays Hill shortly after 12.35am on Saturday (May 25).

One vehicle, a Mercedes, was involved in the incident and had come to rest in a ditch. A 19-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Essex Police said five people had been arrested as part of an investigation into the incident. Four males, aged 74, 54, 18 and 16, all from Billericay, and one woman, aged 20, from Rayleigh, were arrested on Saturday.

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All have been released on bail and police are continuing their investigation. Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, of the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our work has been continuing throughout the weekend to piece together the circumstances which led up to this horrific incident.

“This collision has cost a young woman her life and we will work tirelessly to establish what happened to cause her death. We need people who may have been on the road, in the area of Basildon and Billericay, in the hours before this collision on the evening of Saturday 25 May, to think back to what they may have seen.

“In particular if you saw a car matching this description, a black Mercedes SLK, we want to hear from you. It may be your attention was drawn to the manner of driving, or perhaps you have dash cam footage which could be reviewed after you drove in an area near to where the collision took place.

“We believe there were likely four occupants of the vehicle that night – two men and two women.”

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