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Man guilty of covering up crash death

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.

Day 2: Man accused of covering his role in teens death

Video. The driver accused of attempting to cover up the role he played in the death of a teenage moped rider left a trail of lies in the aftermath of the crash, a court has heard today.

Brian Hampton told his wife he had nothing to do with the collision which left 16-year-old Jade Clark dead on the A31 near Ringwood in February this year.

The jury at Bournemouth Crown Court was also told how he got his car repaired to hide signs of the accident, telling mechanics he had hit a deer. Martin Dowse reports.


Man on trial for perverting the course of justice

The trial of a man accused of perverting the course of justice in the crash which claimed the life of teenager Jade Clark begun today.

Motorists described how Jade, who was riding her moped, was hit by a Volvo but the vehicle failed to stop. The driver was Brian Hampton, who is 58 and from Kent.

The court heard that after the crash, he stopped at a hotel in Poole overnight where he was seen examining the front of his car.

He rang in sick to work and the following day, he returned to Kent.

He allegedly took his Volvo to a repair shop in Kent, telling them he had struck a deer.

He paid for the repairs to be done on his car and said he was third party insured. In fact, he was an uninsured and disqualified driver.

The prosecution allege he deliberately tried to avoid any connection being made between his car and the collision with Jade. The trail continues.

Driver pleads guilty after moped rider killed

A motorist from Kent has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a teenage scooter rider in Dorset earlier this year. Jade Clark, 16, from Ringwood was riding on the A31 near Ashley Heath in February when she was struck by a car.

At Bournemouth Crown Court, Brian Hampton admitted causing her death by careless driving. The 58 year old from Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He denied charges of perverting the course of justice, failing to stop and failing to report an accident, and will stand trial for those offences in September.

Memorial for Jade

A garden has been opened in memory of volunteer firefighter Jade who was killed in a road crash on the A31 in Dorset in February. The garden, created near her home in Ringwood, has been unveiled on what would have been her seventeenth birthday.

Richard Jones' report includes interviews with her fellow young firefighters, Jared Tiller and Edward Tindall and with Kevin Morrison from Hampshire and Fire Rescue.

500 bikers to ride-out in memory of Jade

Up to five hundred bikers are expected to come together to remember a teenager killed on a Hampshire road. Jade Clark from Ringwood was riding her moped on the A31 in February when she was involved in a crash.

Today motorcyclists are planning to ride in convoy along the M3, the M27 and the A31 in memory of the 16-year-old who was a member of the Young Firefighters Association at Ringwood.

The ride will start at Farnborough at 9am and pick up other riders on the way to Ringwood Rugby Club.


  1. Martin Dowse

Court case: Man denies causing death of Jade Clark

A man has denied causing the death of a sixteen-year-old moped rider by careless driving.

Jade Clark died in a hit and run last month on the A31 near Ringwood. News of Brian Hampton's arrest came just hours before her funeral on Friday.

The fifty-eight year-old man from Kent, entered a 'not guilty' plea via video link on the morning of Monday 25 March 2013. Martin Dowse reports.

Not guilty plea over teenager's death

The man accused of causing the death of Dorset teenager Jade Clark has appeared in court via videolink. Brian Hampton, a 58-year-old man from Ashford in Kent, has been charged with causing death by careless driving, failing to stop and driving while disqualified.

He was asked for a plea on the charge of causing death by careless driving. He pleaded not guilty. He will appear at in court in a few weeks' time for the case to be committed to Crown Court.

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