Sunday, October 24, 2010

Third man arrested after M25 fatal crash

A third man has been arrested by police investigating a fatal crash which involved four vehicles on the M25 in Essex earlier this month. Izabela Derbis, a Polish national, of Warren Street, London, died in the crash in South Ockendon on 15th October. A 24 year old from Basildon and a 54 year old from Wickford had been arrested soon after the incident and have since been bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The latest arrest is of a 57 year old man from Folkestone who was taken into custody on Friday. He has since been released on bail until December, police said.

Essex police say they still want to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision which occurred at 05:40 BST on Friday 15th October. Four vehicles were involved in the accident. Izabela Derbis was a passenger in a Renault Megane Scenic. Police say they are keen to hear from anyone who saw a black Jaguar X type estate, a silver or grey Renault Megane Scenic, a white Renault Kangoo van, a blue Alfa Romeo 156 and a white Scania articulated lorry with a sign saying 'David Price' [BBC].

The crash caused massive disruption with many vehicles becoming trapped for more than six hours. The road was finally opened at 14:00 though delays continued for much of the afternoon.

Some 2,222 people died on Britain's roads last year, down 12% from 2008 when 2,538 were killed. It was also the lowest recorded number since 1926 [BBC / Interactive Map].

tvnewswatch, London, UK

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