Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Ringwood A31 death crash: Police want to trace Volvo

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

A driver who left the scene of a crash which left a teenage girl dead is being sought by police.

Jade Clark, 16, died when her motor scooter was involved in a collision on the A31 at Ringwood on Sunday evening.

Police were called at 20:23 GMT and officers have released details of a Volvo XC90 which was driven away before they arrived.

Insp Matt Butler said a "number of vehicles" were involved and the front of the Volvo was damaged.

"I particularly appeal to the driver to get in touch," he said.

"If anyone is aware of a Volvo XC90 which has sustained damage or has been repaired in the last few days, they should call police urgently."

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

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

The teenager was also a young firefighter in Hampshire.

'Urgent request'

Ringwood Town councillors met on Wednesday night to discuss its ongoing campaign for a speed limit reduction and other safety measures on the road.

Image caption Jade Clark, 16, was a young firefighter

It comes after the council criticised the Highways Agency for stating there was "no evidence" to show the speed limit should be reduced on the road.

Town mayor, Tory councillor Steve Rippon-Swaine, said they discussed a plan to reclassify the stretch of road as an "urban highway", which would "give it different criteria".

He added he would be making an "urgent request" on Thursday to see transport minister Patrick McLoughlin.

"There has to be a different attitude," he said. "This is not national criteria [we need] on this road, it is local criteria that needs to be taken into account."

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