Dad's tribute to teenager Jade Clark killed in road crash on A31

Dad's tribute to teen killed in road crash

Jade Clark

William Herald

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THE devastated father of a Hampshire teenage girl who died in a crash on the A31 has paid tribute to his “cheeky, beautiful” daughter.

Sixteen-year-old Jade Clark was riding her red scooter near Ringwood when the fatal collision took place.

The youngster was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have refused to confirm how many vehicles were involved in the incident – which led to traffic chaos across Hampshire – although it is believed to be more than two.

The crash happened at around 8.20pm on Sunday between the Verwood slip-road and the Ashley Heath roundabout, the junction of the A31 and A338.

Jade’s devastated father, William Herald, said he was still struggling to take in the tragic news.

Mr Herald, who split up with Jade’s mother, Sharon, more than three years ago, said: “I just feel sick. “I’m going to lay some flowers at the scene later. It’s all I can think to do.

“She had her whole life in front of her.

“She’d not been riding the bike long – probably a couple of months I think.

“It’s just so sad. I can’t believe it.

“Ultimately I just hope she didn’t suffer but apart from that I don’t know what to think. I can’t process it.

“Jade was always a very happy child – cheeky. She was a black belt in karate and had lots of friends. She will be missed.

“She would have been 17 years old in June.

“She never wanted for anything. She was just always happy and content with what she had. Absolutely beautiful.

“It’s such a cruel, cruel world.”

Jade was a former pupil at Ringwood School, having left summer to follow her love of hairdressing by starting a college course.

Ringwood School head teacher Chris Edwards 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 a 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.”

Tributes were also posted by friends of Jade’s on social networking sites.

One friend, from NewMilton, said on Facebook: “RIP Jade, you were one girl who always made me laugh whatever we were doing and we never failed to have a good time.

“We had so many good times together, like running around town at random times and being completely weird, but now you’re gone. You were an amazing girl.”

Another friend said: “Woke up this morning to the worst news. We will all miss you forever and ever Jade Clark. RIP beautiful.”

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9:41am Tue 26 Feb 13

WECOMING4U says...

Why is life so cruel sometimes. As a father to two girls prayers to Jades friends and family. RIP. God bless.
Why is life so cruel sometimes. As a father to two girls prayers to Jades friends and family. RIP. God bless. WECOMING4U
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10:06am Tue 26 Feb 13

StuKeith says...

It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble.

Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes.

God bless her sole.
It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble. Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes. God bless her sole. StuKeith
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10:28am Tue 26 Feb 13

-stiv- says...

StuKeith wrote:
It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble.

Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes.

God bless her sole.
Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety.

Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer.

You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense?

p.s, it's spelt "soul".

If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?
[quote][p][bold]StuKeith[/bold] wrote: It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble. Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes. God bless her sole.[/p][/quote]Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety. Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer. You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense? p.s, it's spelt "soul". If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly? -stiv-
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10:30am Tue 26 Feb 13

knittingnanna says...

I saw dangerous driving Saturday pm coming back from Highcliff.One blue 4x4 overtook us at high speed but had to cut in front as there was nowhere to go,and the along the same stretch of road another 4x4 overtook us,2 transit vans & 3 cars and had to cut in just missing a head-on collision causing us all to break hard.He didn't get very far,we met up with him at the Lyndhurst traffic lights !! Thinking of Jade's family ****
I saw dangerous driving Saturday pm coming back from Highcliff.One blue 4x4 overtook us at high speed but had to cut in front as there was nowhere to go,and the along the same stretch of road another 4x4 overtook us,2 transit vans & 3 cars and had to cut in just missing a head-on collision causing us all to break hard.He didn't get very far,we met up with him at the Lyndhurst traffic lights !! Thinking of Jade's family **** knittingnanna
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11:12am Tue 26 Feb 13

aldermoorboy says...

So very sad, best wishes to all.
So very sad, best wishes to all. aldermoorboy
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12:25pm Tue 26 Feb 13

adamello says...

-stiv- wrote:
StuKeith wrote:
It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble.

Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes.

God bless her sole.
Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety.

Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer.

You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense?

p.s, it's spelt "soul".

If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?
some things are not needed to be said, but, if the road is 70, large number of people are going to drive at 70, to expect them to drop to 30 at every potential hazard isn't feasible,

Why are these bikes allowed on motorways? if its safety issues then it should also apply to these roads with the same speed limit but with less regulation.

and if you want to be patronising about spelling, Sole is a correctly spelt word, spell checks won't flag it up, and if you don't know it's spelt wrong, why would you check.

RIP Jade
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StuKeith[/bold] wrote: It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble. Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes. God bless her sole.[/p][/quote]Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety. Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer. You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense? p.s, it's spelt "soul". If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?[/p][/quote]some things are not needed to be said, but, if the road is 70, large number of people are going to drive at 70, to expect them to drop to 30 at every potential hazard isn't feasible, Why are these bikes allowed on motorways? if its safety issues then it should also apply to these roads with the same speed limit but with less regulation. and if you want to be patronising about spelling, Sole is a correctly spelt word, spell checks won't flag it up, and if you don't know it's spelt wrong, why would you check. RIP Jade adamello
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12:27pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Dresnez says...

-stiv- wrote:
StuKeith wrote:
It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble.

Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes.

God bless her sole.
Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety.

Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer.

You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense?

p.s, it's spelt "soul".

If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?
Quite so. If you cannot see round the corner or or over the brow of the hill then you ease off the throttle.

Insurance companies do offer reduced insurance premiums for those who have done advanced driving skills. In these times of austerity this can represent a long term saving. Accidents are expensive and injuries cost too.

I do agree, we must all take collective responsibility for all road users, even the irresponsible ones and the aggressive ones! Most drive defensively but some have anger management issues.

Driving isn't a competition and there is no point in getting angry about another driver's mistake. Remember that driver might have a cracking headache or might be in a hurry to get to a hospital because of an emergency or be a stranger or have made a genuine error.

Most people who race up and overtake at breakneck speed end up saving at best a minute or two. You catch up to them at the lights! They waste a huge amount of petrol.

Cool drivers are chilled out about other drivers errors. They don't chase them in a fit of road rage. There is little you can do about it so best to concentrate on your own driving.
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StuKeith[/bold] wrote: It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble. Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes. God bless her sole.[/p][/quote]Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety. Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer. You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense? p.s, it's spelt "soul". If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?[/p][/quote]Quite so. If you cannot see round the corner or or over the brow of the hill then you ease off the throttle. Insurance companies do offer reduced insurance premiums for those who have done advanced driving skills. In these times of austerity this can represent a long term saving. Accidents are expensive and injuries cost too. I do agree, we must all take collective responsibility for all road users, even the irresponsible ones and the aggressive ones! Most drive defensively but some have anger management issues. Driving isn't a competition and there is no point in getting angry about another driver's mistake. Remember that driver might have a cracking headache or might be in a hurry to get to a hospital because of an emergency or be a stranger or have made a genuine error. Most people who race up and overtake at breakneck speed end up saving at best a minute or two. You catch up to them at the lights! They waste a huge amount of petrol. Cool drivers are chilled out about other drivers errors. They don't chase them in a fit of road rage. There is little you can do about it so best to concentrate on your own driving. Dresnez
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1:00pm Tue 26 Feb 13

chrisja says...

I am absolutely disgusted at how quickly the Daily Echo pounced on the family for this "story"...
I am absolutely disgusted at how quickly the Daily Echo pounced on the family for this "story"... chrisja
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1:11pm Tue 26 Feb 13

bigfella777 says...

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. You will be together again one day.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. You will be together again one day. bigfella777
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1:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

solents says...

My thoughts are with this girls family and her friends - especially to those who are so young and are not used to losing someone so close so it must be a huge shock.

It is time that the Highways Agency looked at reducing the speed of the traffic along this stretch of road and finding ways to enforce it. At the approach to this accident you have the exit from Ringwood nr the pub, the slip road on from and off to Matchams, the A31 divides to the roundabout for the Bournemouth spur/3 Cross and a huge amount of potential for vehicles to collide as they pick and choose which lane of the four they need to be in to reach their destinations. If the traffic had been traveling slower there might have been a small chance that this girl might have survived an impact however if we take it that she might have been doing 30mph and that she was in collision with a vehicle traveling at a potential 70mph or more then you can see how she didn't stand a chance to survive.
I too am a biker of large capacity machines and I have had my eyes opened as I've also taken to nipping around town on a 50cc moped and even ventured out onto faster roads. It's not a lot of fun to be honest when you pass a converging slip road. Approaching vehicles joining the road to your left are looking in their mirrors or over their shoulders to see if they can join the carriageway on which you are traveling. They can be traveling a lot faster than you might be going and I can see how they might not be concentrating on a slow moving vehicle already traveling on the carriageway in front of them.
This stretch of road has had a spate of accidents of varying degrees of seriousness over the years in both directions and at what price must it cost to bring the speed down by 20mph to 50mph?
Please will the local council and those responsible for traffic safety and enforcement take the right steps to ensure that the likelihood of such a horrendous event is drastically reduced.
My thoughts are with this girls family and her friends - especially to those who are so young and are not used to losing someone so close so it must be a huge shock. It is time that the Highways Agency looked at reducing the speed of the traffic along this stretch of road and finding ways to enforce it. At the approach to this accident you have the exit from Ringwood nr the pub, the slip road on from and off to Matchams, the A31 divides to the roundabout for the Bournemouth spur/3 Cross and a huge amount of potential for vehicles to collide as they pick and choose which lane of the four they need to be in to reach their destinations. If the traffic had been traveling slower there might have been a small chance that this girl might have survived an impact however if we take it that she might have been doing 30mph and that she was in collision with a vehicle traveling at a potential 70mph or more then you can see how she didn't stand a chance to survive. I too am a biker of large capacity machines and I have had my eyes opened as I've also taken to nipping around town on a 50cc moped and even ventured out onto faster roads. It's not a lot of fun to be honest when you pass a converging slip road. Approaching vehicles joining the road to your left are looking in their mirrors or over their shoulders to see if they can join the carriageway on which you are traveling. They can be traveling a lot faster than you might be going and I can see how they might not be concentrating on a slow moving vehicle already traveling on the carriageway in front of them. This stretch of road has had a spate of accidents of varying degrees of seriousness over the years in both directions and at what price must it cost to bring the speed down by 20mph to 50mph? Please will the local council and those responsible for traffic safety and enforcement take the right steps to ensure that the likelihood of such a horrendous event is drastically reduced. solents
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3:59pm Tue 26 Feb 13

irl99 says...

I am so very very upset to read this tragic news. The pain must be unbearable. Please be assured many are grieving this tragic event with you.as most of us have children.i am so terribly sorry. I wish I could take your pain away.my sincere condolences to all the family and relatives.phil x
I am so very very upset to read this tragic news. The pain must be unbearable. Please be assured many are grieving this tragic event with you.as most of us have children.i am so terribly sorry. I wish I could take your pain away.my sincere condolences to all the family and relatives.phil x irl99
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7:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

adamello wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
StuKeith wrote:
It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble.

Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes.

God bless her sole.
Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety.

Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer.

You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense?

p.s, it's spelt "soul".

If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?
some things are not needed to be said, but, if the road is 70, large number of people are going to drive at 70, to expect them to drop to 30 at every potential hazard isn't feasible,

Why are these bikes allowed on motorways? if its safety issues then it should also apply to these roads with the same speed limit but with less regulation.

and if you want to be patronising about spelling, Sole is a correctly spelt word, spell checks won't flag it up, and if you don't know it's spelt wrong, why would you check.

RIP Jade
Firstly, The A31 at any point is not a motorway, but I agree that mopeds with a 30 MPH top speed are inappropriate for this stretch of the road due to the speed differentials. Anybody know the actual speed limit at this junction? I thought it was 50 MPH.
[quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StuKeith[/bold] wrote: It is so Sad. Ive been riding bikes for over 15yrs I think that 50cc bikes should not be allowed on any large road, or they should increase the size to 65 or 80cc to give a bit more power, as 30 mph on a road where people travel 80mph is asking for trouble. Just imaging coming over the brow and finding a moped in front of you!! a 50mph limit is not going to change anything ppl still travel 80+ a 50 limit is not going to make a difference, We need to rethink small engine sizes. God bless her sole.[/p][/quote]Or maybe we should all be more careful on the roads and take collective responsibility for every road users safety. Keeping slower, more vulnerable vehicles off the road just so YOU can drive as fast as you like and not have to worry is not the answer. You should be going over the brow slowly if you cant see what's over it. Isn't that just basic common sense? p.s, it's spelt "soul". If you ever need to know how to spell a word, type it into google. I know that sounds patronising, but bloody hell, honestly?[/p][/quote]some things are not needed to be said, but, if the road is 70, large number of people are going to drive at 70, to expect them to drop to 30 at every potential hazard isn't feasible, Why are these bikes allowed on motorways? if its safety issues then it should also apply to these roads with the same speed limit but with less regulation. and if you want to be patronising about spelling, Sole is a correctly spelt word, spell checks won't flag it up, and if you don't know it's spelt wrong, why would you check. RIP Jade[/p][/quote]Firstly, The A31 at any point is not a motorway, but I agree that mopeds with a 30 MPH top speed are inappropriate for this stretch of the road due to the speed differentials. Anybody know the actual speed limit at this junction? I thought it was 50 MPH. Sir Ad E Noid
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12:52pm Wed 27 Feb 13

billing775 says...

Thank you to everyone that has liked my page. I know she will be looking down on me to say she is proud. I love you jade.
This is all for you baby girl.
Just shows how much i miss you.
I will give you a brilliant send off a week saturday i promise
****
Thank you to everyone that has liked my page. I know she will be looking down on me to say she is proud. I love you jade. This is all for you baby girl. Just shows how much i miss you. I will give you a brilliant send off a week saturday i promise **** billing775
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