Detectives who tracked down a driver who caused the death of a 16-year-old - after knocking her off her moped - say if it wasn't for a tiny fragment of his car found at the scene, he would not have been caught. Martin Dowse reports.
A motorist who tried to cover up his role in the death of a teenager - by telling a string of lies - has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Brian Hampton from Kent knocked sixteen year old Jade Clark off her moped on the A31 near Ringwood on the 24th of February.
Afterwards - he lied to his wife, police and the garage that fixed his car - to hide any connection between him and the accident.Martin Dowse reports.
Brian Hampton, from Kent, has been jailed for six years over the death of Jade Clark on A31 in Ringwood.
He knocked the teenager off her moped and tried to cover up his crime.
Sentencing him at Bournemouth Crown Court Judge Wiggs told him: "You killed a young girl who was driving her moped.
"You were very fortunate not to be charged with causing death by careless driving.
"It could be argued that your driving fell far below the standards of a competent and careful driver.
"This is a bad case of causing death by careless driving."
Driver Brian Hampton has been jailed for four years for perverting the course of justice after trying to cover up the crash which killed teenager Jade Clark. For the charge of death by careless driving he was sentenced to two years in prison.
Jade, 16, died from head injuries when she was knocked off her moped by Brian Hampton on the A31 between the Verwood slip road and the Ashley Heath roundabout on February 24.
A driver has been found guilty of trying to cover up a crash where he killed a 16-year-old girl.
Brian Hampton had already admitted causing death by careless driving after he knocked down Jade Clark, who was riding her moped on A31 at Ringwood.
However, he denied a charge of perverting the course of justice.
This related to claims that the 58-year-old year, who is from Kent, had tried to cover up his crime by getting his car repaired.
He claimed the damage was caused when he had hit a deer. A jury at Bournemouth Crown Court convicted him a short time ago.