Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson, who was killed in a crash on the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Hampshire Police.
A SECOND person has died following a collision at Mersley Down yesterday (Thursday).
Isle of Wight emergency services were called to Mersley Down road at 3.17pm after a Renault Clio was in collision with a Renault Megane.
The front-seat passenger in the Clio, 14-year-old Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson of Queens Road, Sandown, was pronounced dead at the scene, a spokesman said.
The front-seat passenger in the Megane, a 67-year-old woman from Brading, was taken to St Mary’s Hospital. Police said she later died in hospital as a result of her injuries. Her husband, a 67-year-old man, was treated for minor injuries and later discharged. Police are in the process of notifying her next-of-kin.
The Clio driver, an 18-year-old man, and back-seat passenger, a 13-year-old girl, also both from Sandown, were airlifted in separate air ambulances to Southampton General Hospital. He suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition.
Her injuries are described as serious and she remains in a serious but stable condition.
Sgt Rob Heard from the Road Death Investigation team said: "This is a very serious incident that has sadly resulted in the deaths of two people and my thoughts are with both families.
"Our investigation is focusing on establishing exactly what happened and the circumstances that led to the collision.
"We know the Clio was travelling west but for reasons yet to be established it crossed into the path of the Megane which was travelling in the opposite direction. The Clio was struck by the Megane on its nearside causing fatal injuries to the front-seat passenger, Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson.
"I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, who saw either of the vehicles driving prior to it or anyone else with information that could assist our enquiries."
Sgt Heard added: "The two vehicles were in collision on a stretch of the downs road between the turnings for Rowlands Lane and Knighton Shute.
"We are trying to trace the driver of a white van that would have been heading east and therefore approaching Knighton Shute.
"From our enquiries so far, we understand the van was travelling in a line of four vehicles that included the Renault Megane involved in the collision.
"We don’t have any other details about the van currently, but we believe it would have been travelling in front of the Megane and behind an Island roads lorry.
"We’ve already been able to speak to the other drivers as witnesses and we would therefore also like to speak to the van driver as a potential witness.
"Hopefully that person will recognise themselves from this description and contact us as soon as possible."
*Police this evening (Friday) named the 67-year-old victim as Barbara Ann Ford, 67, of Nicholas Close, Brading.
Her 67-year-old husband, who was driving, was treated in hospital for minor injuries and later discharged.
Meanwhile tributes have been paid to Kiri-Jade by her family.
In a statement released by police, her family said: "Kiri-Jade is a loving 14-year-old girl with a zest for life. She is adored by her loving mother Carly and her 8-year-old sister Megan.
"Kiri-Jade is part of an extended family who all miss her dreadfully.
"Carly writes: 'As you know, at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon my beautiful, smart, funny and amazing little girl was tragically taken from me. Thank you for all of your kind words. There is now a void in my heart that can never be filled. Kiri-Jade you were my first born baby girl, my wingman and my very best friend. I love you so much sweetheart my heart is aching for you and always will, sweet dreams my precious angel xxx mummy.’
"Kiri-Jade rest in peace you angel, you will be missed.
"Kiri-Jade was a student at Sandown academy and is a popular student, like all teenagers she enjoyed a health social life and had a mountain of friends."
Police are continuing their investigation into the collision and are appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle driving prior to it.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Sgt Heard at Eastleigh police station on 101, quoting Operation Mohite.