Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Mother kissed crash victim goodbye

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after two teenage girls died when they were hit by a car in Hampshire

The mother of a teenager killed in a collision with a car outside her home was able to kiss her daughter goodbye as she lay dead in the road.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, was killed in Gosport, Hampshire, in the early hours of Sunday morning after having a girls' night in with her friend Olivia Lewry - who also died in the crash - and mother Rosemary.

The teenagers were in collision with a green Honda Civic which was being driven along Ann's Hill Road at around 4am.

Jasmine died at the scene and Olivia was taken to hospital where she died later.

Police have been given extra time to question a 20-year-old man from Gosport who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of the two youngsters.

Speaking from her terraced home yards from where Jasmine died, Ms Allsop, 37, said she had gone to bed when the incident happened and was woken by the emergency services.

"It was just all a blur," she said. "I cannot remember what happened. I had gone to bed. I didn't see anything. I just thought they (Jasmine and Olivia) were playing CDs and talking about boys and make-up.

"I went out and then a neighbour covered me in a blanket. I kissed her - it was four hours before they took her body away because I did not want to let her go.

"I told her she was my angel and I'd loved her since the day she was born. I can remember her big blue eyes staring."

The housewife, who is the mother of a four-year-old, said the death has left her numb. "I'm empty inside and lost. I keep expecting her to come through the door.

"We had a girls' night in. Jasmine was straightening my hair and plucking my eyebrows and Olivia was here.

"Jasmine was a gorgeous, lovely, bubbly character. They (Jasmine and Olivia) were best friends."

Jasmine's father Kevin MacLaughlan, 58, also paid tribute to his daughter.

"I do not know how we are going to get through this. We have run out of words of comfort to say," the road worker from Thorne in South Yorkshire said.

"She was beautiful. The most beautiful, bubbly natured girl - outgoing and affectionate, very caring and bubbly."

Ms Allsop said her daughter was a talented seamstress who was going to start work experience at a sewing shop near her home.

"She always wanted to make her own Barbie prom dress with sparkles on it," she said.

Jasmine's father said she was very popular and many children who knew her were hurting too.

He said he had not seen his daughter for two and a half months, but he drove down from Yorkshire in five hours as soon as he heard the news.

"Our thoughts are with Olivia's family. We are sharing the same feelings and we'd like to meet up with them," he added.

In a statement, Brune Park Community School in Gosport, where Jasmine was a pupil and which Olivia attended until recently, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this dreadful time.

"We have in place a number of procedures and support from Hampshire County Council to work with and support our students at this tragic time.

"They were both independent, strong-minded individuals who lived their lives to the full with confidence and a sense of humour and a sense of fun. We will miss them both immensely and their unique talents which they displayed."

St Vincent College in Gosport, where Olivia was a student, said it sent its "sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic event".

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team are still investigating the deaths.

A Home Office post-mortem examination on Olivia is due to take place this afternoon and family liaison officers continue to work with the families.

Superintendent Dick Pearson, of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, said: "I would like to thank members of the public for their substantial co-operation and assistance with our investigation so far.

"A dedicated team of officers and staff from a range of departments are working closely together to analyse leads from witnesses and forensics.

"The green Honda Civic is the subject of further examinations to ensure all potential evidence has been gathered and preserved."

Meanwhile, floral tributes continue to be left outside Jasmine's house by well-wishers and friends.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "We have been granted further time by the courts to continue questioning a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder.t

"The suspect can remain in police custody for interviewing now until tomorrow evening."

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