Appeal after woman dies in Billericay collision

Detectives investigating a fatal collision in Crays Hill have made several arrests and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to the scene of a single-vehicle collision in the area of Oak Road shortly after 12.35am on Saturday May 25 where a Mercedes car had left the road and entered a ditch.

A 19-year-old woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Four males, aged 74, 54, 18 and 16, all from Billericay, and one woman, aged 20, from Rayleigh, were arrested on Saturday and questioned in connection with the collision.

They have each been bailed with conditions while enquiries continue.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle in question, a black Mercedes SLK, in the hours leading up to the collision, to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, of the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “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 May 25 to think back to what they may have seen.

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

Anyone who has information or footage which could assist us is asked to get in touch.

You can let police know by submitting a report on the website: or by using the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Alternatively you can call us on 101.

To make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.