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Driver jailed for hit and run that killed Jade, 16
A DRIVER has been jailed for six years for causing the death of a 16-year-old girl from Ringwood.
Brian Hampton, 58, hit Jade Clark on the A31 near Ashley Heath roundabout on February 24 as she rode her moped.
He then drove off and left the injured teenager lying in the road, where she was hit by another vehicle and killed.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard that he then tried to cover up the accident, lying to his wife that the car had broken down and telling a garage worker that it had been damaged when he hit a deer.
Hampton, of Hornash Lane, Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, Kent, admitted causing death by careless driving, driving while disqualified and two counts of driving with no insurance.
He pleaded not guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice but was found guilty by a jury yesterday.
He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for causing death by careless driving and four years for attempting to pervert the course of justice to run consecutively. He was sentenced to four months for each of the disqualified driving offences and was disqualified from driving for seven years.
Following the trial, Inspector Matt Butler of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit said: “This conviction follows the largest operation of its type ever carried out by Dorset Police – with officers from around the south coast searching over 1,000 vehicles as they worked to find the person responsible for Jade’s death.
“The courage and dignity displayed by Jade’s family throughout this terribly tragic time in their lives has been enormous and I am hopeful that Brian Hampton’s conviction will begin to give them some closure.
“I would also like the public’s remarkable response to the police investigation to be acknowledged. Businesses offered rewards, young people worked to raise awareness in car parks and of course, hundreds of people called the force with information.
“All of this played a big part in tracing the vehicle that we were looking for.”
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