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Devastated family of Jade Clark collect thousands of signatures calling for lower speed limit on A31
Updated 7:50am Wednesday 8th January 2014 in News
THE devastated family of tragic Jade Clark have collected over a thousand signatures calling for the speed limit to be reduced on a section of the A31.
Jade’s mother and stepfather, Sharon and Danny Clark, and her nan, Linda Pidgley, are determined no other family should suffer their pain and have vowed to keep fighting until something is done.
Sixteen-year-old Jade, below, from Ringwood, was killed when she was knocked off her scooter as she rode westbound towards the Ashley Heath roundabout.
Ringwood town council pressed for a 50mph restriction between Picket Post and the roundabout but the Government turned down the request, saying that only three per cent of the accidents that occurred there were due to motorists speeding.
But Sharon, 42, said: “I just don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve gone through.
“We want to see the speed limit cut in the section from the two Burley garages to the Ashley Heath roundabout.
“It’s very dangerous there. You get people coming out of the petrol station at a standstill into 70mph traffic and people trying to swap lanes all at one location.
“I know there will be another fatal accident, I know it will happen again.
“At the moment we feel like they‘re not listening to us; they’re not taking it seriously, but I’m not the type to give up.”
She added the family’s grief had been compounded by the news that Brian Hampton, below, was to appeal against the six-year sentence for causing the crash that killed Jade and then attempting to evade justice.
“It disgusted me when I heard he was appealing,” she said. “I felt sick. It was so soon afterwards.”
But she said overwhelming support from the community in Ringwood had helped the family and she thanked Spencer McCarthy, of Churchill Retirement Living, and Kevin Morrison and all his crew at Ringwood fire station for their efforts to keep Jade’s memory alive.
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