TRIBUTES have been paid to a “beautiful” teenager with a “kind soul” after a fatal crash in Billericay.

Ellie-Mae Hill, 19, died after a single-vehicle crash at the junction of Pipps Hill Road and Oak Road in Billericay on April 25.

She was one of four people in a car that was involved in the crash at about 12.40am.

All four people were taken to hospital but, sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Ellie later died in hospital.

Essex Police say her family continue to be supported by officers while their investigation continues.

Today, Ellie’s family have paid tribute to her as officers’ re-issue their appeal for information.

In a statement, Ellie’s family said: “A granddaughter, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, and a niece – our Ellie was well-loved by all who knew her. Taken far too young at just 19 years old.  

 “Ellie was always fun and had an infectious laugh. She was a beautiful, kind soul and is deeply missed by all her friends and family. 

 “She was hard working and travelled into the city every day for her job and loved meeting her friends at weekends.

 “She was a real foodie and loved good food and nice restaurants with friends and family but most of all, always happy and loved life.

 “From a young age Ellie showed a passion for fashion and makeup which later meant the family would get their own hair and makeup artist on special occasions.

 “She was very talented and lived life, but it ended far too soon.”

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink and drugs. He was released on bail until June 9.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision. 

Detectives from Essex Police’s serious collision investigation unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the collision and appealing to anyone who may have any CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.

Anyone with any details should quote incident 34 of April 25 when submitting information.