Police were called to Warley, near Brentwood, shortly after 9.45pm yesterday, following reports that a car had left the road and crashed into a tree.
Officers, firefighters and ambulance paramedics went to the junction of Eagles Way and Hartswood Road and found a blue Peugeot 206 had left the carriageway before hitting the tree.
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man from Brentwood, was treated by paramedics but sadly declared deceased at the scene.
A passenger in the car, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Queen’s Hospital for treatment to injuries which were not believed to be serious.
Police would like to hear from any witnesses to the collision who they have not yet spoken to or anyone who had seen the car being driven prior to the crash occurring.
Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.