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Police have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision near a school in Loughton.
Police were called just after 3.20pm this afternoon, Monday December 2, to reports that a number of pedestrians had been involved in an incident with a silver KA on Wallingale Road.
A 12-year-old local boy was taken to hospital, where he sadly died.
A number of other casualties were reported, but none are believed to be life-changing or life-threatening. They were either treated at scene or were taken to hospital following the incident.
These include: two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman.
It is believed that all of the teenagers were pupils at Debden High School on Wallingale Road.
Officers from across the county are working to identify the vehicle and its driver, who failed to stop at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Kirby of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “This has been a truly shocking incident and my deepest sympathies are with all those involved.
“I would like to thank the many members of the public who have called us with information and spoken to our officers, as well as those who provided crucial medical assistance at the scene.
“I would urge anyone with information, dash cam footage, or who may have seen anything on social media that they think could be crucial, to call us on 101 and quote incident number 726 of 2 December.”
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111 or by submitting a report through their website.