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3 January 2014, 19:18
The family of a teenage girl who died in a road traffic collision on the Isle of Wight have paid tribute to her.
Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a collision on the Mersley Down road yesterday afternoon (Thursday, January 2).
In a statement, her family said:
“Kiri-Jade is a loving 14-year-old girl with a zest for life. She is adored by her loving mother Carly and her 8-year-old sister Megan.
“Kiri-Jade is part of an extended family who all miss her dreadfully.
“Carly writes: ‘As you know, at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon my beautiful, smart, funny and amazing little girl was tragically taken from me. Thank you for all of your kind words. There is now a void in my heart that can never be filled. Kiri-Jade you were my first born baby girl, my wingman and my very best friend. I love you so much sweetheart my heart is aching for you and always will, sweet dreams my precious angel xxx mummy.’
“Kiri-Jade rest in peace you angel, you will be missed.
“Kiri-Jade is a student at Sandown academy and is a popular student, like all teenagers she enjoyed a health social life and had a mountain of friends.”
Kiri-Jade of Queens Road, Sandown, was the front-seat passenger in a Renault Clio when it was in collision with a Renault Megane.
The front-seat passenger in the Megane, 67-year-old Barbara Ford from Brading, was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where she later died.
Police are continuing their investigation into the collision and are appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle driving prior to it..
They would like to hear from the driver of a white van heading east at the time in a line of traffic along Mersley Down road. It would have been in front of the Megane and behind an Island roads lorry as it approached the junction with Knighton Shute. Officers believe the van driver is a key witness.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Rob Heard at the Road Death Investigation team, quoting Operation Mohite, on 101.