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Death road safety row

Jasmyn Chan

Jasmyn Chan

Council bosses had not prioritised safety improvements on the road where 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan was killed, despite two other teenage girls being injured in collisions prior to her death.

The collisions, one of which resulted in a teenager suffering serious injuries, occurred close to the spot on Normanton Hill, Intake, where Jasmyn was hit on May 9 this year. Jasmyn, a student at Birley Community College, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed the road. She died after pushing her friend out of the way of an oncoming car.

But, despite previous collisions taking place nearby, Sheffield Council had not classed the road as a ‘high collision location’ at the time of Jasmyn’s death.

Officials today announced a safety scheme will be developed and installed on the road during the 2015/16 financial year.

Police will also deploy mobile cameras to enforce the 30mph speed limit.

The council operates a points system prioritising spending on traffic-calming to areas where repeated serious accidents occur.

But, for a road to qualify as a priority, four or more fatal or serious accidents – or three involving children – per kilometre over a period of five years must have occurred.

Roads also qualify if there have been six or more slight accidents per kilometre over three years, or eight or more child accidents per kilometre over five years.

Information seen by The Star confirms the road has now been reclassified after Jasmyn’s death.

The two previous collisions also involving teenage girls occurred between 2009 and 2013.

One of the accidents happened just 50 metres from the spot of the fatal incident involving Jasmyn, while the other was 200 metres away.

The council was today due to hold a debate on improving safety measures on Normanton Hill after 12,000 people signed a petition calling for a controlled crossing.

Campaigners behind the petition say residents have had concerns about speeding on the road for ‘decades’, and have demanded the council takes action.

Sandra Bradley, who has organised the petition, is calling for people to join campaigners by the Town Hall at 1pm ahead of the debate at 2pm.

A 32-year-old man has been bailed in connection to Jasmyn’s death.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “With the recent fatality on Normanton Hill we have reviewed the accident location. This has given a score of 46 – placing it 11th on the council’s list of most serious accident locations in the city. The council will introduce small but important changes to the signs, while mobile cameras will enforce the 30mph speed limit.”

 

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