Police have arrested a man involved in a fatal crash after a van drove on the wrong side of the A13 in Dagenham.

The collision happened at around 2.35am this morning (November 25), when the van crashed into the Toyota Prius car after failing to stop for Essex Police prior to entering the A13.

The woman, 21, was a passenger in the Prius. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed. 

The driver of the van – a 39-year-old man - was taken to hospital, and remains in a serious condition. 

He has been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police and causing death by dangerous driving. 

The driver of the Prius also attended hospital, but is not thought to be seriously injured. 

Essex Police said it had made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct which has declared an independent investigation. 

Det Sgt Mike Rapp of the Met Police, investigating, said: “This is a terrible incident that has resulted in the tragic death of a young woman. 

“I am appealing for anyone who was driving on the A13 in the Dagenham area shortly after 02:30hrs and saw the events unfolding as this van drove on the wrong side of the Essex-bound carriageway to contact us. 

“There is footage circulating on social media of this incident that we are aware of; I would ask anyone in possession of footage to think about the family of the woman who has died and consider their feelings before sharing content.  

“I would also urge anyone who has images or footage of the incident to provide these to police so that we can build a comprehensive picture of this collision.” 

The Met is urging anyone with information to call the serious collision investigation unit on 020 8597 4874. 

Alternately, please call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD562/25Nov.  

To remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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