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Essex Police appeal for witnesses after Dunmow man, 63, dies in M11 hit-and-run

The car involved in a hit-and-run on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford today (Wednesday) which left a 63-year-old Dunmow motorcyclist dead had been driven erratically before the collision, according to Essex Police.

Officers have issued an appeal for information after the crash on the southbound carriageway at 5am.

The biker died after a dark-coloured, small vehicle was in collision with his Suzuki GSF motorbike. He was wearing a distinctive helmet with green and white flashing lights at the time.

The car failed to stop at the scene and witnesses reported it was being driven erratically before the collision.

Police are investigating further reports of tailgating and undertaking.

Officers say it was travelling southbound and may have passed through London or Hertfordshire.

The incident resulted in the closure of both carriageways of the motorway – southbound between junctions 8 and 7 and northbound between junctions 6 (M25) and 8 – for several hours while officers gathered evidence, causing widespread jams in the area until the M11 reopened fully at 3.20pm

Senior investigating officer Inspector Rob Brettell, of Essex Police's serious collision investigation unit, said: “We are reviewing dashcam footage and have spoken to a number of key witnesses, and are continuing our enquiries to find the other vehicle involved in this collision.

“It may well have damage to the driver’s side, possibly a dent or scratches to the paintwork.

"I urge anyone who has seen a vehicle matching this description or has any information that could help us identify the driver to contact with us.

“Has anyone arrived home tonight or at work this morning with new damage to their vehicles? Have you heard or spoken to someone who has mentioned having a collision early this morning?

“I suspect that the driver of this vehicle possibly drives the same route every day at a similar time. Even if you have the smallest amount of suspicion, we want to know.

“I am also appealing for dashcam footage from anyone who was driving southbound or northbound on the M11 before, during and after this incident.

"Some motorists may not even be aware that they have captured something and this footage could be the key to solving this."

Anyone with information is asked to call the serious collision investigation unit on 101 or to email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk, quoting incident 104 of January 16. Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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