TWO teenagers who died following a collision in Gosport have been named.
A murder probe has been launched after a green Honda Civic collided with the two pedestrians near the junction between Ann’s Hill Road and Brougham Street at about 4:15am today.
The girls have been named locally as Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, both from Gosport.
Jasmine Allsop died at the scene.
Olivia Lewry was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where she later died.
A 20-year-old man from the Gosport area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in police custody.
A tribute on a bouquet of flowers friends planned to lay near the scene read: ‘In loving memory of Olivia and Jaz, thinking of you lots of love.’
Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team said: ‘This is an extremely tragic incident which has resulted in the death of two young girls.
‘I currently have a team of detectives and other officers, including expert road collision investigators, working on this case to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two teenage girls.
‘I would appeal to anyone who knows anything which could help this investigation to contact my team as soon as possible.’
Part of Ann’s Hill Road is cordoned off and motorists are advised to avoid the area at this time.
People living near the scene have spoken today of their shock and sadness.
Aaron O’Sullivan, of Cambridge Road in Gosport, said: ‘It’s horrible – what a waste of life, especially coming up to Christmas, it’s just shocking.
‘You don’t expect to wake up on a Sunday morning to something like this.’
Paul Tait, of Ann’s Hill Road, said: ‘We went to sleep at two this morning and woke up when everything was going on and the road was closed.
‘It’s awful that this has happened.’
Julie Smith, 59, also of Ann’s Hill Road, added: ‘I’ve lived here for 12 years and we have had accidents up there before where the roads have been cordoned off, but I don’t think anybody has died. It’s so sad.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Barb, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.