The dad of a young girl who survived a hit-and-run said every time he looks at her face he will remember the hero who died trying to save her.
Jasmyn Chan, aged 14, was crossing Normanton Hill in Intake, Sheffield, with a group of friends when a car ploughed into them and drove off.
The teenager, a Year 10 pupil at Birley Community College, suffered fatal injuries saving 12-year-old friend Tia Tucker, who she pushed out of the way of the car. Tia’s father, Mark Tucker, paid an emotional tribute to Jasmyn, known as Jazzy, on her Facebook page.
He wrote: “RIP Jazzy – our Tia told me what you did. Legend. Every time I look at Tia I’ll think of you.”
Emma Sizer, who also posted on Jasmyn’s page, described her as ‘a brave young lady’.
Sophiee Ann Louise Smith said she was a ‘hero’ and Tim Ansell, whose daughter attends the same school, described Jasmyn’s actions as ‘bravery beyond compare’.
Former teacher Ellie Musson wrote: “I can’t believe this terrible news. I used to teach this beautiful, kind and friendly girl at Birley Spa while I was teacher training. She was perfect.
“My thoughts go out to her mum, dad and family. Absolutely dreadful.”
Friend Holly Wilson wrote: “A true hero, always doing everything for other people, never putting yourself first.”
Heartbroken friends and fellow pupils at Birley Community College have set up a shrine in the school, where bouquets of flowers have been placed.
They have also set up message boards as a way of remembering her, and specialist councillors have been drafted in to offer support.
Meanwhile, detectives hunting the killer driver urged the culprit to come forward.
South Yorkshire’s Head of Roads Policing, Chief Insp Stuart Walne, said: “My message to the driver - and their family and friends - is to come forward now.
“There is a family suffering continuously who need answers as to how their daughter died.
“This isn’t going to go away. This will be dealt with. The only thing the driver can do now is to come forward before we find them.”
He said there was ‘no possibility at all’ that the driver did not realise they had been involved in the collision on Friday night.
“They may not have known how bad the injuries were - but that has been well documented now - and, even so, they will have known about the crash.
“The normal reaction of most people would be to stop but some people, for whatever reasons, do not.
“Those reasons in this case really are not relevant any more. The driver needs to come forward and deal with the consequences of what has happened.”
Chf Insp Walne said the car - a small, dark vehicle - would be damaged to the front driver’s side.
Officers are scouring CCTV footage from businesses and homes on the route before and after the collision to check if the car can be seen.
“We have a number of lines of inquiry, some from the public telling us what we need to follow up on, and there are lots of actions going on by our officers to catch this driver,” he added.