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A31 fatal collision - Man arrested and car seized

Police investigating a fatal road traffic collision have arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop following a collision – with officers also seizing a vehicle believed to have been involved.

Sixteen-year-old Jade Clark was struck by a Volvo XC90 as she rode her moped along the A31 near Ashley Heath at 8.23pm on Sunday 24 February 2013.

A 58-year-old Kent man was arrested at an address in the Kent area yesterday morning, Thursday 21 March 2013. This man is currently helping police with their enquiries.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said: “I can confirm that a man is in custody and is being questioned by investigators.

“His vehicle, a Volvo XC90, has been seized and this will now be forensically examined by specialists.

“I would like to thank the local community for their assistance in this investigation so far.

“I would, however, continue to urge anyone who believes they have information about this collision – and has yet to speak with police – to come forward.”

In a joint investigation between the Force’s Major Crime Investigation Team and the Traffic Unit, officers had launched an extensive search for a Volvo XC90 registered between 2003 and 2007.

Over 950 vehicles were eliminated by investigators prior to this development.

An inquest into Jade Clark’s death was formally opened and adjourned on Monday 4 March 2013, at the Bournemouth Coroner’s Court. Evidence was heard that Jade died as a result of a severe head injury.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 24:393. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 22 March 2013