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700 cars ruled out in hunt for Jade Clark hit-and-run driver
DETECTIVES hunting the driver involved in the hit-and-run death of a Hampshire teenager have eliminated more than 700 vehicles from their inquiries.
Officers have ruled out the Volvo XC90 owners as they bid to track down the person involved in the collision with 16-year-old Jade Clark, who was riding her red scooter on the A31 near Ringwood.
The driver left the scene before the police arrived. A £5,000 reward has been put up for information that leads to an arrest and charge.
Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of Dorset police’s Major Crimes Investigation Team, said: “Someone out there must know where this Volvo XC90 is and I am appealing for them to search their conscience and come forward.
“You may have noticed someone who drove a vehicle matching this description acting differently or out of character in recent weeks.
“It may be difficult to come forward with this information but imagine yourself in the position of Jade’s family if this had happened to your son or daughter.
“We have a team of dedicated officers hunting for this car and it is imperative we speak to whoever was driving this vehicle at the time of the collision. All calls will be treated with the strictest of confidence.”
Police are searching for a light coloured Volvo XC90 registered between 2003 and 2007, including vehicles with 52 to 57 plates and personalised registration plates.
Jade’s family are asking mourners at her funeral on Friday to make donations to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Jade was a member of Ringwood’s Young Firefighters Association.
Her funeral takes place at Bournemouth Crematorium at 3pm.