Jade Clark moped death: Driver denies cover-up

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Media captionThe court heard Jade's moped "fragmented into hundreds of pieces"

A driver who admitted causing the death of a 16-year-old girl by careless driving has denied trying to cover up the crash by getting his car repaired.

Moped rider Jade Clark, from Ringwood, Hampshire, died in the collision on the A31 in Dorset on 24 February.

Brian Hampton, 58, of Shadoxhurst, Kent, pleaded guilty on 21 June to causing death by careless driving.

He is on trial accused of perverting the course of justice by getting his vehicle repaired to avoid detection.

At the June hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court, Mr Hampton, of Hornash Lane, also admitted two counts of driving while disqualified and two counts of driving without insurance.

'Catastrophic injuries'

Earlier, at the same court, Simon Jones, prosecuting, said Jade's moped was "swallowed up and pushed along the carriageway" in the crash.

The court heard Mr Hampton then drove around Miss Clark, exposing her to fast moving traffic.

She was then hit by a VW minibus, resulting in "catastrophic head injuries" which caused her death, Mr Jones said.

Her moped also "fragmented into hundreds of pieces".

Mr Jones told the court Mr Hampton "knew full well, at the very least, he had been involved in a serious road traffic collision".

He said Mr Hampton sought to evade justice and pervert the course of justice by arranging the damage to be repaired "with only one purpose in mind - to ensure there was no link between him, his vehicle, and the collision that occurred".

The jury was told a CCTV image of Mr Hampton's Volvo XC90 taken at about 20:00 GMT at a service station on the M27 showed the vehicle's grill intact.

Another image, taken at a Premier Inn in Poole at about 21:00, showed the grill trim was missing and also showed Mr Hampton examining the vehicle as he got out to check into the hotel.

The court heard Mr Hampton paid about £4,300 to have his car repaired following the crash and told the garage he had hit a deer.

Mr Jones said Mr Hampton told a "series of lies" after the crash, which also included telling his wife his car had broken down.

The trial continues.

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