Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Caitlin Homan death: Legacy hopes for Portsmouth PhD student

Caitlin Homan at the Lemur Conservation Foundation near Sarasota, Florida
Image caption Caitlin Homan had a "passion for animals", her family said

The family of a PhD student from the USA who was run over and killed in Hampshire hope to find a successor for her research project.

Caitlin Homan, 24, from Canton in Connecticut, had a "passion for animals", her family said in a tribute.

Her psychology PhD at the University of Portsmouth focused on whether dogs could detect deception in humans.

Ms Homan was struck by a car while walking on the B3049 in Sparsholt last Wednesday and died later in hospital.

'Original and creative'

The family statement read: "While only attending the University of Portsmouth for nine months, she had many wonderful friends among her colleagues in the psychology department.

"There is hope that a means will be found to support someone to continue her research, which is considered original and creative."

Ms Homan's status as an organ donor could help "as many as six or seven patients", her family said.

The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa involved in the accident, a 17-year-old girl from Winchester, was interviewed by police but not arrested.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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