Tributes paid to Verwood teenager who died in a collision near Ringwood

The family of teenager Laionie Kennard from Verwood have paid tributes to her after she was killed in a collision near Ringwood no Saturday night.

Laionie died at the scene whilst the three other passengers were injured and taken to hospital.

“Laionie was our princess. She was the most kind, caring daughter and sister we could ever of wished for,” her family said today.

“Her smile would light up a room, and she was loved by so many. I cannot explain in words just how much she is going to be missed.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind and generous donations at this unbelievably hard time, our girl will have the send off she deserves. We will love you forever the brightest star in the sky, our Laionie.”

Flowers, photos, candles and tribute messages have been laid at the location of the incident, on Hurn Road.

A fundraising page has been set up by Laionie’s friend Ella Thorne-Alcazar which has so far raised almost £20,000. Ella said: “We are creating a go fund me to help raise money for the Kennard family in support of our beautiful girl Laionie.

“On the 16th September we lost a daughter, sister, cousin, best friend and more. Laionie was loved and cherished by so many people and will be truly missed. We love you to bits our beautiful angel. There is no words we can use to explain how much you will be missed.”

Police Sergeant Mike Gatfield, of the Roads Policing Team, added: “The thoughts of the investigation team and everyone at Dorset Police remain with the family and friends of Laionie Kennard.

“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision and I am appealing to any witnesses who have not already spoken to police, or anyone with relevant dashcam footage, to please come forward.

“We would ask that there is no speculation online about this very sad incident while officers continue their detailed enquiries.”

At just after 9.30pm on Saturday 16 September 2023 officers received a report of a collision on Hurn Road, between Ringwood and Matchams. It was reported that the vehicle involved, a blue BMW 1 Series, had left the carriageway and sustained extensive damage.

Two men and a woman, all aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of driving offences. They have all been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230147318. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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