A pair of teenagers have been killed as the result of a collision in Gosport.
Police officers were called at about 4.15am this morning following reports that a green Honda Civic had been in collision with two teenage pedestrians.
The collision happened near to the junction between Ann’s Hill Road and Brougham Street.
One of the pedestrians, a 14-year-old girl from Gosport, died at the scene. The other girl, a 16-year-old, also from Gosport, sustained serious injuries and died at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Investigation Team have launched a murder enquiry
A 20-year-old man from the Gosport area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.
Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson 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.’
Road closures are currently in place on Ann’s Hill Road at its junctions with Middle Cross Lane and the A32. 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.