Five people have been arrested – including one for escaping custody – after a fatal crash.

Police were called after the accident in Blue Mills Hill in Wickham Bishops shortly after 11pm yesterday.

When they attended they found a silver Ford Fiesta and a black BMW 520 which had been in collision.

Both vehicles had left the road and the Fiesta had come to rest in a hedge.

Sadly, the driver of the Fiesta, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four people were arrested shortly after.

A 21-year-old man, from Terling, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, failing to report a collision, perverting the course of justice, and escaping lawful custody.

An 18-year-old woman from Witham, an 18 year-old woman from Colchester, and a 17 year-old boy from Maldon were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink or drug driving.

A 54-year-old woman from Terling has now been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All five remain in custody.

Inspector Rob Brettell, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our investigation is progressing well but I still need anyone who has information about the collision who we’ve not spoken to to come forward.

“I particularly need to speak to anyone who saw the BMW in the moments leading up to the collision.

“I also need to speak to anyone who saw a white Vauxhall Astra which we believe may have been travelling in convoy with the BMW”.

If you have any information please call 101 quoting incident 1405 of October 10 or email

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The road will remain closed while police investigate.

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  • The crash happened on Blue Mills Hill in Wickham Bishops

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A police spokesman warned it was likely to be closed until later this afternoon and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.