South Ockendon man killed in Stifford Hill crash that shut road for 12 hours has been named

A man who died in a crash in South Ockendon earlier this month has been named. Emergency services were called to Stifford Hill during the early hours of June 12 following reports of a single-vehicle crash. Police and paramedics attended the scene and found that a white pick-up truck was involved in a crash.

The road was immediately shut to traffic and a cordon was put in place while paramedics attended to the incident.

A man sadly died in a crash in Stifford Hill

The passenger of the vehicle, 23-year-old Henry Wheatley from South Ockendon, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. An inquest into Mr Wheatley's death opened at Essex Coroners Court in Chelmsford this morning (June 25). Area Coroner Lincoln Brookes confirmed that a forensic post-mortem examination was carried out on June 22.

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Dr Benjamin Swift found that Henry's cause of death was a severe head injury. The court also heard how the driver of the pick-up truck fled the scene of the crash. Essex Police have since arrested and bailed two suspects in connection with the fatal crash.

Coroner Brookes was unable to set a date for the full inquest due to the ongoing police investigation.

Stifford Hill remained shut for the majority of the day while a large police presence and forensics teams worked at the scene.

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