Newly-wed bride named as victim of fatal accident on the Eastern Road in Portsmouth

Ashley Fairley
Ashley Fairley
Scot Mackenzie

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A WOMAN who recently got married was the victim of a crash on Portsmouth’s Eastern Road.

Ashley Fairley was riding pillion on a motorbike and was seriously hurt in the collision.

The 20-year-old later died in hospital from her injuries.

As reported, Eastern Road was closed for several hours following the crash at about 6.40pm on Tuesday at the junction of Eastern Road and Airport Service Road.

The collision involved a Ford Focus car and a green Kawasaki motorcycle.

Ashley had been living in Kingsclere Avenue, Leigh Park, until about a month ago when she moved with her husband to Portsmouth.

The pair got married last August.

A neighbour in Kingsclere Avenue said: ‘I feel for her and feel for the family.

‘She was only a kid.

‘It’s such a shame – a waste of a life.’

Ashley had her own online blog and was a keen animal-lover and was interested in wicca.

Her blog states: ‘I’m 20 years old and at the moment I’m on the verge of starting my own business, selling handmade wiccan items and supplies.

‘I love books. I love to read and write and imagine.

‘I’ve currently got a series of three completed novels under my belt that remain unpublished.’

One of her novels, called The Chosen Warrior, has many hits online.

Ashley had attended Portsmouth College, studying psychology, and before that went to The Harbour School at Cosham.

She also had a keen interest in photography.

The motorbike rider, a 27-year-old man, received medical attention and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has since been bailed until March 24.

The Ford Focus driver, a woman aged in her 40s, was not injured.

Officers are still urging members of the public to contact them if they saw a green Kawasaki motorbike and the manner in which it was driving on Eastern Road between 6pm and 6.40pm on Tuesday.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact the Road Death Investigation Team at Eastleigh police station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Cleavdon. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on (0800) 555 111.