Dorset

Jade Clark's family appeal over A31 'hit-and-run' death

  • 4 March 2013
  • From the section Dorset

The mother of a 16-year-old girl killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Dorset has made a public appeal for help.

Jade Clark died when her moped was involved in a collision on the A31 at Ringwood at 20:23 GMT on 24 February.

Sharon Clark appealed to the driver who fled the scene of the crash to come forward. A £1,000 reward to find them has also been put up.

Police said "a number of vehicles" were involved but they believe a Volvo XC90 struck the moped first.

Speaking at a press conference, Sharon Clark paid tribute to her daughter.

She said: "Jade was such a lovely girl. Losing her has left a hole in our hearts and our lives that we'll never fill.

"She was a wonderful daughter, and step-daughter, sister and granddaughter, and friend.

"So many people have said so many nice things about Jade and I just say thank you to you all for your kindness."

'Huge heart'

An inquest was earlier opened and adjourned in Bournemouth where it was heard Jade died from severe head injuries after being hit by a number of vehicles.

A Volvo XC90
Police issued this image of a Volvo XC90 but have not specified the colour of the car they want to trace

The Crimestoppers charity is offering the reward for information leading to the Volvo driver being charged.

Insp Matt Butler, of Dorset Police, said the front of the vehicle was damaged in the collision and urged anyone who may have seen it to come forward.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, said there may be a case for lowering the speed limit on the A31.

He added: "I have been briefed by the force on this issue and my thoughts are obviously with the family at this terrible time.

"I have also requested that I receive a briefing on the summary of accidents on this stretch of road."

Chris Edwards, head teacher of Ringwood School, which Jade attended until July last year, said she had a "lively, bubbly personality and was always full of life".

She said she will be remembered as someone who had a huge heart and was a "positive force for good".

The teenager was also a member of Hampshire Fire and Rescue's youth organisation, the Young Firefighters' Association.

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