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Loughton car crash update: Inquest opens following deaths of footballer and schoolgirl

Loughton car crash update: Inquest opens following deaths of footballer and schoolgirl

The inquests of the two people who died in a car crash last weekend has opened.

Passengers 21-year-old Max Halcrow from Buckhurst Hill and 16-year-old Sophia Khanwho were both from Loughton, died on Saturday, August 24.

Two teenage girls, aged 16 and 17, who were also passengers in the car were taken to hospital with life threatening injuries remain in a serious but stable condition.

The collision happened on Golding's Hill, Loughton, at around 2am when a silver BMW M3 careered off the road crashing into a tree.

A full inquest date has not been confirmed according to senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murry as the incident still may become a criminal investigation.

Friends, family and members of the community have scheduled to gather over the Loughton fields to release lanterns near where the incident happened at 8.30pm this evening.

The 21-year-old driver from Loughton was arrested at the scene of the crash on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also arrested for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and for perverting the course of justice and has since been released on bail until Friday, September 20.

Coroner's officer Joe Lagrossi, speaking at Chelmsford Coroner's Court this morning, confirmed that Max died after suffering severe head injuries, while Sophia died due to suffering multiple different injuries.

He said: "The 21-year-old man and 16-year-old girl were passengers in a car when it was involved in a collision.

"Their deaths were sadly confirmed at the scene. Essex Police are investigating the collision.

"Post-mortem examinations were carried out on August 27 by Dr Swift at Princess Alexandra Hospital.”

Both victims had attended Roding Valley High School, with Max leaving in 2014 and Sophia had just completed her GCSE’s.

Headteacher Sharon Jenner paid tribute to both former students via Twitter.

She said: "We are all shocked and devastated by the news of the tragic loss of student Sophia Khan.

"She was a bright, friendly, fun loving 16-year-old girl, who had only just completed her GCSEs with us. She had a whole life ahead of her with aspirations to complete a legal secretarial course later this year.

"We are further saddened to learn that 21-year-old Max Halcrow has also lost his life in this tragic road accident. Max was a former Roding Valley fellow student who left the school in 2014.

"It is a terrible tragedy to have lost two such lovely young people from the school community. Our thoughts remain with their families at this most heart breaking and distressing time.”

Max Halcrow was also well known for playing for football club, Debden Park FC,
They said: "We aren’t a football club and we haven’t got players. We are a group of brothers and last night we lost one of our own. We love you Halcrow. See you soon brother."

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