The mother of one of two girls killed when she was struck by a car outside her home in Gosport kissed her daughter goodbye as she lay in the road.
Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, were killed early on Sunday morning after being run down by a green Honda Civic on Ann’s Hill Road.
Jasmine died at the scene, while Olivia passed away in hospital, Hampshire Police said.
“It was just all a blur,” Rosemary Allsop said at her home just metres from where the collision, which is being investigated as a murder, happened.
Ms Allsop said Olivia was at the house for a “girls’ night in” and she assumed the pair were listening to music and talking about boys when she went to bed.
“I went out and then a neighbour covered me in a blanket. I kissed her – it was four hours before they took her body away because I did not want to let her go.
“I told her she was my angel and I’d loved her since the day she was born. I can remember her big blue eyes staring.
Police at the scene of the car collision “I’m empty inside and lost. I keep expecting her to come through the door.”
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the two girls.
Jasmine’s father Kevin MacLaughlan, 58, a road worker from Thorne in South Yorkshire, said he would remember her as “the most beautiful, bubbly-natured girl”.
He had not seen Jasmine for two and a half months but said he drove straight down after hearing the news.
Mr MacLaughlan said his thoughts were with Olivia’s family as well.
“We are sharing the same feelings and we’d like to meet up with them,” he said.
Brune Park Community School, which Olivia recently left to attend St Vincent College and where Jasmine was still a pupil, said the best friends “lived life to the full”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this dreadful time,” it said in a statement.
“They were both independent, strong-minded individuals who lived their lives to the full with confidence and a sense of humour and a sense of fun.
“We will miss them both immensely and their unique talents which they displayed.”
Mourners at the scene of the collision Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team renewed his appeal for witnesses to come forward.
“A dedicated team of officers and staff from a range of departments are working closely together to analyse leads from witnesses and forensics,” he said.
“The green Honda Civic is the subject of further examinations to ensure all potential evidence has been gathered and preserved.
“A key line of enquiry is identifying as many witnesses as possible with information about the behaviour of the driver in the green Honda Civic around the Gosport area during the early hours of Sunday morning.”
The suspect was originally taken into custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but the offence was later changed to suspected murder, police said.
D/Supt Pearson also urged people to avoid posting rumours or details about the case online.
“This plea particularly applies to names and possible motives of people perceived to be involved in the circumstances surrounding this case,” he said.
“Such speculation is upsetting and disrespectful to the victims’ families, and can also have unintended effects on important lines of enquiry and evidence ahead of any future court case.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Barb.