Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight car crash victim, 67, second to die

Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson
Image caption Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson was a pupil at Sandown Bay Academy

A second person has died following a car crash on the Isle of Wight.

Barbara Ford, 67, from Brading, who was a front-seat passenger in a Renault Megane, died in hospital, after the crash on Thursday.

Her death comes after Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson, 14, from Sandown, died at the scene of the crash in Mersley Down.

An 18-year-old man driving a Renault Clio and a 13-year-old girl who was a back-seat passenger, remain in hospital after being airlifted from the scene.

The pair from Sandown were taken in separate air ambulances to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

The family of Kiri-Jade released a tribute to her, describing her as "a popular student, who enjoyed a healthy social life and had a mountain of friends".

Driver sought

Inquiries are continuing into the cause of the collision on a stretch of the Downs Road between Rowlands Lane and Knighton Shute.

Sgt Rob Heard, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "For reasons yet to be established, the Clio crossed into the path of the Megane, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

"The Clio was struck by the Megane on its nearside, causing fatal injuries to the front-seat passenger."

Sgt Heard confirmed efforts are being made to trace the driver of a white van that would have been heading east and approaching Knighton Shute.

"From our inquiries, we understand the van was travelling in a line of four vehicles that included the Renault Megane," he added.

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