Family Appeal In Hit and Run Search

The family of Jade Clark, who was killed in a crash on the A31 near Ringwood, have made a public appeal for help to find a hit-and-run driver.

Officers were called at 8.23pm on Sunday 24 February 2013 to the collision on the westbound carriageway of the A31 near the Ashley Heath roundabout.

The rider of a red moped, Jade Clark, a 16-year-old Ringwood girl, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into her death was formally opened and adjourned on Monday 4th March 2013, at the Bournemouth Coroner’s Court. Evidence was heard that Jade died as a result of a severe head injury.

Jade’s mum, Sharon Clark, dad, Billy Herald, step-dad, Daniel Clark, and grandmother, Linda Pidgley, spoke to local and national media today, appealing for public assistance.

At the press conference, Sharon Clark broke down in tears as she made her appeal:

Traffic officers continue to pursue lines of enquiry and the Crimestoppers charity is also offering a reward of up to £1000.

Traffic Inspector Matt Butler said:

“A number of vehicles were involved in the incident and one of these vehicles – a Volvo XC90 – left the scene before the police arrived.

“We know that the moped was upright at the time of the collision and believe that the Volvo XC90 was the first vehicle to collide with it.

“I need to trace the Volvo and urge anyone with information to contact me. I particularly appeal to the driver to get in touch – you can see the distress this has caused Jade’s family. Please do the right thing.

“The front of the vehicle will be damaged. If anyone is aware of a Volvo XC90 which has sustained damage or has been repaired in the last few days, they should call the police urgently.”

Volvo XC90

Members of the public will only be eligible for the cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers line – on 0800 555 111 – with information that leads to the arrest and charge of an offender.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 24:393. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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