Uncle’s tribute to Gosport girl killed with her friend in road tragedy

Jasmine Allsop (left) with her friend Olivia Lewry
Jasmine Allsop (left) with her friend Olivia Lewry
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The uncle of a young girl who died after being hit by a car in Gosport has paid tribute to the ‘bubbly’ teenager.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, died after she was involved in a collision with a green Honda Civic at around 4.15am in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport, on Sunday, November 3.

Her best friend Olivia Lewry, 16, died after being taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Jasmine’s dad, Kevin Maclaughlan, 58, who lives in Thorne, south Yorkshire, came straight down to Gosport after hearing of his daughter’s death.

On Friday, Jasmine’s family in Thorne and former classmates of hers from Trinity Academy school paid tributes to the teenager.

Kevin’s brother Graham, 59, said: ‘All the family is devastated. I had tremendous stress and a severe migraine for the first few days. It was like someone was sticking pins in my eyes – I couldn’t believe it.

‘Jasmine was very much like her father Kevin – a very bubbly person and so much fun – also very entertaining and popular. We can’t believe this has happened.

‘Many of her former classmates from King Edward Primary School and Trinity Academy, both in Thorne, shared our grief at the loss of Jasmine.’

Graham was at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Doncaster with his wife Chris and 16-year-old son, Kevin, when he received a text message from his brother.

It said: ‘Sorry to tell you but Jasmine has been killed.’

Jasmine’s mother Rosemary, 37, of Ann’s Hill, Gosport, told of how she held and kissed her daughter goodbye as she lay dead in the road.

Samuel Etherington, 20, from Gosport, has been charged with manslaughter over the teenagers’ deaths.

Etherington, of Stoners Close, appeared at Winchester Crown Court last Friday for a preliminary hearing. He is due in court again on January 3.