The mum of the young girl saved by heroic Jasmyn Chan in her final moments alive today urged motorists to make sure the tragedy is never repeated.
Tia Tucker, aged 12, was pushed out of the path of a speeding car by her 14-year-old friend Jasmyn just seconds before she was killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver.
Devastated Tia – who suffered a broken ankle and is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of her best friend in the horror crash – was in court.
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Killer Naseeb Ellahi, 34, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after admitting a string of offences including causing death by dangerous driving.
Now, in a bid to save other lives, Tia and her family are urging motorists to take responsibility for their actions on the roads to help keep pedestrians safe.
Tia is said to have been left ‘traumatised’ by her ordeal and receiving counselling.
The schoolgirl’s mum Kerry Tucker said: “This was such a tragic accident and everyone is distraught at Jasmyn’s death.
“Nothing can bring her back and our thoughts are always with her family.
“Over the past few months we have just been doing everything we can to help Tia come to terms with the incident both with her physical injuries and to help deal with the awful memories that she will always have of that day.
“It is clear that action needed to be taken at the site and we welcome that matters are moving forward in terms of getting a safer crossing.
“However, it is massively important all road users – whether they are travelling in cars, lorries or on bicycles or motorcyclists – ensure they treat safety as their number one priority.”
Ian Whittaker, a specialist serious injury lawyer at law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “The story of Tia and brave Jasmyn Chan struck a huge chord in the city and is a tragic example of the devastating effect that road collisions can have on victims, their families and communities as a whole.
“The consequences of this incident continue to affect our client’s life and it is vital that the Government, road organisations and motorists recognise the need to put safety first to ensure these terrible events are never repeated in the future.
“We are determined to continue to help Tia and her family access the support they need to aid her recovery from the terrible ordeal she has been through.
“We hope her story acts as an important reminder of the life-changing consequences of road traffic collisions and hope it will encourage all drivers to take care when they get behind the wheel.”
Ellahi, formerly of St Ronan’s Road, Sharrow, was driving at a speed of at least 61mph when he struck the Jasmyn on Normanton Hill, Intake, Sheffield, in May last year.
He had snorted two lines of cocaine earlier in the day and drove off from the crash scene, leaving Jasmyn unconscious at the side of the road and Tia seriously injured.
The judge who jailed Ellahi said Jasmyn displayed ‘a remarkable act of bravery’ in saving her friend’s life.
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