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Driver arrested over hit-and-run death of teenage moped rider Jade Clark

Teenager Jade Clark was killed in a crash on the A31 in Dorset
Teenager Jade Clark was killed in a crash on the A31 in Dorset

A Kent man has been arrested by police searching for a hit-and-run driver involved in a crash that killed a 16-year-old girl.

The 58-year-old was held in the county on suspicion of causing the death of moped rider Jade Clark (pictured right) by dangerous driving.

He is also being questioned about allegedly failing to stop after the crash on the A31 in Dorset on the evening of Sunday, February 24.

Insp Matt Butler, from Dorset Police, said a Volvo XC90 car had been seized and was being forensically examined.

Officers have already ruled out more than 950 vehicles in the hunt for the driver.

Rewards totalling £15,000 have been offered for information leading to a charge.

Jade, from Ringwood, Hampshire, suffered a severe head injury in the smash.

Her family described Jade, a member of Hampshire's Young Firefighters Association, as a "loving girl".

Jade's mother Sharon Clark said: "From the moment we were given this awful news, the family have been devastated.

"Jade was such a loving girl. Losing her has left a hole in our hearts and our lives that we will never fill.

"She was a wonderful daughter; step-daughter; sister; grand-daughter and friend.

"So many people have said so many nice things about Jade and I'd like to say thank you to all of them for their kindness.

"To lose Jade the way we did is what's hardest to bear. For a driver to cause Jade's accident and then drive away, leaving her alone in the road, is almost too difficult to believe."

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