A CYCLIST was killed last night when he was hit by a car.

The 38-year-old died after a silver Ford Puma crashed into him on the A114 Ongar Road near the Passingford Bridge roundabout in Stapleford Tawney at about 7.10pm.

A police spokesman said the driver of the car lost control of their vehicle, smashed into the cyclist and then hit some trees before ending up in a ditch.

A 20-year-old woman from Brentwood and a 21-year-old man from Loughton have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and remain in custody.

The cyclist, from Hutton, has not been named.

He was riding a red mountain bike.

The spokesman added: "The cyclist was treated by paramedics and a doctor at the scene but sadly died as a result of his injuries.

"The road was closed for about five and a half hours while police launched an initial investigation into the cause of the crash.

"Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the collision or was in the area at the time and may have seen the cyclist or the silver Puma car which is believed to have turned off the B175 Stapleford Road into Ongar Road.

"Anyone who can help should contact Sgt Cliff Boon at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 0300 333 4444."