Jade Clark moped death: Driver jailed for death and cover-up
- 18 September 2013
- From the section England
A banned driver who caused the death of a 16-year-old girl in a road crash and then tried to cover up his involvement has been jailed for six years.
Moped rider Jade Clark, from Ringwood, Hampshire, was hit by Brian Hampton on the A31 in Dorset on 24 February.
Hampton, 58, lied to his wife and the garage where he had his car repaired in a bid to avoid detection.
He admitted causing death by careless driving and was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Hampton, of Hornash Lane, Shadoxhurst in Kent - who was a banned driver at the time of the collision - claimed he had not known anything about the crash until he was arrested a month later.
The court was told Hampton was banned for drink driving in June 2012 for 26 months when he was found to be three times over the legal limit.
Hampton told Bournemouth Crown Court he had felt a jolt at the time of the crash and thought he had hit a pothole, but said he did not see a moped before or afterwards.
As the jury returned the unanimous guilty verdict, it was met by cheers of "yes" from the public gallery.
The railway health and safety consultant had said he told his wife his Volvo XC90 had broken down, rather than having been damaged, because he did not want a row with her.
He also admitted that he lied to a garage by telling them the damage was caused by hitting a deer.
At that point Jade Clark's mother Sharon began sobbing and said loudly: "It was my dead daughter."
Hampton told the court he was once a paramedic in Dorset and also revealed his younger sister had been killed in a traffic accident 30 years ago.
He said his parents had never found out what happened in his sister's crash and he did not want Jade's parents to go through the same thing.
He explained that was why he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving when presented with evidence of his vehicle's involvement.
During cross-examination, prosecutor Simon Jones accused Hampton of being a compulsive liar.
He replied: "No sir."
Earlier, Mr Jones described how Jade's moped was "swallowed up and pushed along the carriageway" in the crash.
He said Hampton then drove around her, exposing her to fast-moving traffic, and she was hit by a VW minibus, resulting in "catastrophic head injuries".
Hampton was arrested by police who spent several weeks visiting all the UK's registered keepers of Volvo XC90s.
They ruled out more than 1,000 vehicles registered between 2003 and 2007 before finding Hampton's car.
Hampton, who admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, was given a two-year sentence for causing death by careless driving and four years for perverting the course of justice, with the sentences to run consecutively.