Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fleet to Ringwood convoy in memory of Jade Clark

Jade Clark
Image caption Jade Clark was killed when the moped she was riding was involved in a collision on the A31

Dozens of bikers have ridden in convoy in Hampshire in memory of a 16-year-old moped rider killed in a crash.

Jade Clark, from Ringwood, Hampshire, died when her moped was involved in a collision on the A31 near the Ashley Heath roundabout in February.

Bikers rode from Fleet to Ringwood via the M3, M27 and A31.

The event, which was organised by Tony and Karen Wray, also aimed to highlight bike safety issues in a bid to prevent similar tragedies.

Biker Mr Wray, 54, from Farnborough, said: "I didn't know the family at all. When I heard about Jade it touched me and I though 'this has just got to stop'.

"I decided there and then I had got to do something."

The government is considering changes to restrictions on the A31 after town councillors from Ringwood met Roads Minister Stephen Hammond earlier this month.

Safety 'urgency'

Campaigners had been calling for a reduction in the 70 mph speed limit between Picket Post and the Ashley Heath interchange as well as improved signage and a redesign of the road layout.

The Department of Transport has said a decision on whether to make changes on the stretch would be made within two months of the meeting.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has previously said a review of safety was a "matter of urgency".

Brian Hampton, 58, of Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, Kent, is charged with causing death by careless driving, failing to stop and failing to report an accident in relation to Jade's death on the A31 in Dorset.

He also faces three charges of driving while disqualified, three of driving without insurance and one count of perverting the course of justice.

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