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Man, 21, dies yards from home in Gants Hill car crash

The scene of the crash on Cranbrook Road, at the junction with Kenwood Gardens (Picture: Sebastian Mann) The scene of the crash on Cranbrook Road, at the junction with Kenwood Gardens (Picture: Sebastian Mann)

Friday, May 2, 2014
10:28 AM

A 21-year-old man died this morning after his car crashed just yards from his home.

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Debris from the car still remains in the rubble (Picture: Sebastian Mann)Debris from the car still remains in the rubble (Picture: Sebastian Mann)

Police said they were called to reports of the collision on Cranbrook Road at the junction with Kenwood Gardens shortly after 2.30am on Friday, with one witness describing hearing “a loud bang”.

The driver of the car, a silver Ford Focus, was taken by paramedics to the Royal London Hospital where he later died, Scotland Yard said.

He has not been named but was described locally as a “very nice chap” who was “lovely to talk to”. He is understood to have lived in Little Gearies, just around the corner from the scene of the crash.

Aisha Bibi, of nearby Temple Court, was feeding her three-month-old daughter when she heard “a loud bang”.

A police cordon was put in place while officers investigated the incident (Picture: Sebastian Mann)A police cordon was put in place while officers investigated the incident (Picture: Sebastian Mann)

“I thought a bus had broken down, then I saw the car in a really, really bad state,” said the 30-year-old.

“Then the police came and they obviously cordoned off the road and they said you’ve got to get back.”

Police said the man was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

A post mortem to establish the cause of death is yet to be arranged and police are appealing for information.

Contact the Yard’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 0208 597 4874.

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