When news happens, text SDE and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Teenager killed on A31 named as Jade Clark
A TEENAGE girl killed in road crash on a major Hampshire road was named tonight as Jade Clark.
The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident on the A31 near Ringwood.
Following the fatal crash, the A31 and M27 were closed between Ashley Heath and junction two of the motorway, causing huge disruption for motorists in the area.
Four South Western Ambulance Service vehicles and police were called to the scene of the accident at 8.18pm last night.
Jade, who was riding a red scooter, was a former pupil at Ringwood School. She left in the summer to follow her love of hairdressing by starting a college course.
Ringwood School Chris Edwards head teacher said: “She had a lively, bubbly personality and was always full of life. “She will be remembered as someone who had a 'huge heart', always willing to help others in difficulty - a really positive force for good.
“Jade was always grateful for everything life had to offer.
“She wanted to improve herself, and refused to let things hold her back. She dropped in to see us on regular basis to let us know how she was getting on, and to thank people for their help and support.
“It was a real joy to see the progress she had made, an independent, confident young woman enjoying life to the full.
“Our thoughts and best wishes go to her family and friends at this difficult time.”
The road between Ashley Heath and junction two of the M27 was closed for several hours as an investigating team carried out work at the scene.
Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 393/24.
The accident came only a day after the Daily Echo reported on Saturday that Ringwood Town Council was pressing the Highways Agency to reduce the speed limit on the road.
The council wants the limit lowered from 70mph to 50mph, but highway chiefs have said not enough motorists have been injured on the road to justify the reduction.
Councillors are calling on Government transport ministers to visit the town to see the road for themselves.