Friend says Jasmyn Chan showed ‘selfless courage’

Tia Tucker friend of Jasmyn Chan speaks outside Sheffield Crown Court following the sentencing Jasmyn's killer.
Tia Tucker friend of Jasmyn Chan speaks outside Sheffield Crown Court following the sentencing Jasmyn's killer.
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The girl whose life was saved by Jasmyn Chan criticised the hit-and-run driver for leaving the two girls for dead.

Speaking for the first time about her ordeal, Tia Tucker, now aged 13, said: “He clearly does not have a conscience because he just left us there.”

She said she felt no sympathy for driver Naseeb Ellahi, who sobbed throughout yesterday’s court hearing.

Tia said: “I don’t think he deserved to cry. He did it. He has to live with the consequences. At least he’s away now, but I don’t think it’s long enough really. They could have given him more but it’s not going to bring her back.”

Tia, who suffered a broken ankle in the collision, said Jasmyn was her closest friend.

Jasmyn’s ‘selfless courage’ has been recognised with an In Memoriam award from the Royal Humane Society. Honouring her, Dick Wilkinson, society secretary, said: “Faced with an oncoming car and mere seconds to act, her only thought was to push her friend to safety. Her friend sustained serious injuries to her legs. But, if it had not been for Jasmyn’s sacrifice, she could have suffered far worse.”

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