HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to two teenagers who died following a collision with a car in the early hours of yesterday.
A murder investigation has been launched after the deaths of close friends Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16.
The two teenagers, who are both from Gosport, were involved in a collision with a green Honda Civic near the junction between Ann’s Hill Road and Brougham Street in the town at about 4.15am yesterday.
Police said the teenagers were both pedestrians.
The Honda Civic was being driven along Ann’s Hill Road when the collision happened.
Jasmine Allsop was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her friend Olivia Lewry was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where she died yesterday.
A 20-year-old man from the Gosport area was initially arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the collision.
However, detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team are now questioning him on suspicion of murder.
Flowers have been laid near the crash scene where yesterday dozens of police officers were working to piece together the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
Student Jazmin Bates, 16, was among those who took a bouquet of flowers to lay near the crash scene with a group of friends.
She said of Jasmine and Olivia: ‘They were nice girls. I had known Jasmine for quite a long time.
‘They were bubbly girls. They were just amazing.
‘They just got along with everyone.’
Close friend Sam Bishop, 16, said: ‘I can’t believe it’s happened. I love them so much.
‘I will always be there for them. I’m going to live my life for them. They were amazing.
‘They were the most beautiful girls you would ever meet.
‘They were such funny girls, they were so caring. I will never forget them.
‘I want to send my love to all the families.’
Painter and decorator Damien Bannon, 19, who is also a student, said: ‘We just can’t believe it’s all happened.
‘They were just nice girls. They were always friendly and happy, and easy to get along with.
‘They were close friends.
‘My parents woke me up and told me what happened.
‘I’m just shocked by it.
‘I still can’t believe it’s true.’
Demolition worker Arron O’Sullivan, 28, said: ‘It’s horrible.
‘What a waste of life, especially coming up to Christmas as well.
‘It’s just shocking.
‘You don’t expect to wake up on a Sunday morning to something like this happening.’
Adam Sands, 20, said: ‘I just want to say rest in peace and send my love to the family.
‘Jasmine was just a lovely, friendly, bubbly girl, easy to talk to.
‘It’s just a shock, really.
‘It’s hard to get your head around it.’