Essex police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a pedestrian in Lawford.
Officers were called shortly after 2.20am yesterday Saturday, December 8, when a 44-year-old man from Colchester was struck by a silver Ford Mondeo.
The car was found a short time later in Station Road, Manningtree.
A 20-year-old man from the Clacton area was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, perverting the course of justice, driving without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
He has been released under investigation while police continue their inquiries.
Witnesses, anyone with CCTV, dash cam footage or any other information that may assist are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.