On Monday Jade Clark’s mother made an emotional public appeal to try and find the driver of the Volvo XC90 which is believed to have run into the back of Jade’s scooter, causing the tragedy. There is now a £5000 reward on offer to find the driver of this hit and run car.
The appeal was published in the Bournemouth Echo:
In a press conference at Ringwood Fire Station, where 16-year-old Jade was a part of the Ringwood Young Firefighters’ Association, mum Sharon said:
“To lose Jade the way we did is what’s hardest to bear.
“For a driver to cause Jade’s accident and then driving away leaving her alone in the road is almost too difficult to believe.
“To that driver I would say, please, please come forward and contact the police.
“You must be finding this hard to live with, especially if you have children on your own.
“To anyone else who knows this driver, or knows where the car might be, please contact the police as soon as possible.”
A reward of £1,000 was offered by Crimestoppers on Friday and Ringwood based company, Churchill Retirement Living, is offering a reward of £4,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of an offender.
Police say they cannot be sure about the colour of the Volvo XC90 but appeal to anyone who sees a Volvo XC90 with damage to the front to contact Dorset Police on 01202 222222.
Balloon Tribute to Jade
Jade’s friends are planning to release pink and white helium balloons in a tribute to the young firefighter at Carvers Recreation Ground, Ringwood on Saturday 9th March 2013 at 6pm.
Jade’s Charity Collection
A charity collection will also be held with all money going towards a charity chosen by Jade’s family..
Scooter Rally for Jade
There is also a proposed scooter ride taking place on Saturday with hundreds of scooter riders from clubs all over the south coast expected to attend.
Help make the A31 safer
Ringwood Town Council are trying to make the section of A31 which runs through Ringwood safer. Jade’s death is the latest of many accidents which have occurred at this lethal stretch of road.
MP Desmond Swaine has slammed the Highways Agency’s response to the town council’s proposals. “The council’s proposals are very measured, sensible and inexpensive contribution, given that there are longer term plans for the road further down the line.
“The most critical of these, to my mind, is to reduce the speed limit to 50mph from Picket Post to Ringwood, and it was very frustrating to have the Highways Agency tell us there weren’t enough accidents to make it viable.
If you would like to help push through safety improvements to this part of the A31, you could write to:
The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Ministry of Transport, Great Minister House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.