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Safety debate after Sheffield hit-and-run tragedy

Jasmyn Chan

Jasmyn Chan

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for improved road safety at the spot in Sheffield where 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan was killed.

The response to the petition calling for better safety measures on Normanton Hill, Intake, means a Sheffield Council debate must now be held on the issue.

Jasmyn, a Birley Community College student, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed Normanton Hill earlier this month.

Campaigners want to see a controlled crossing installed on the road, which has a 30mph speed limit.

Petition organiser Sandra Bradley said signatures are still being collected after an overwhelming response from the public.

Mrs Bradley, 67, said it was hoped campaigners would be able to speak to a full meeting of Sheffield Council in July on the issue.

She said hundreds of people had signed the petition at Crystal Peaks shopping centre when campaigners went there to collect signatures for two days.

“The response has been overwhelming from the public - people do have the same concerns,” she said.

“Emotion is running so high in Sheffield and we are well over 5,000 signatures.

“Something has got to be done on this road in light of what happened to Jazzy. She was such an amazing person.”

Petition booklets are still being passed out by campaigners and an online petition has also been set up.

Under council rules, campaigners will now be able to make a three-minute statement to a full council meeting on the petition.

A council spokesman said officials have met with police to discuss the issue.

A 32-year-old man was bailed last week after being arrested in connection with Jasmyn’s death.

n To read the petition, visit www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sheffield-city-council-install-controlled-crossing-speed-restrictions-and-speed-limits-on-normanton-hill-sheffield

 

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