A heroic Sheffield teenager killed as she pushed her friend away from an oncoming car is to be honoured with a national bravery award.
Jasmyn Chan is to be recognised with an In Memoriam award from the Royal Humane Society for her ‘selfless courage’ on the day of the fatal collision.
The 14-year-old, of Frecheville, died after being hit by the car on Normanton Hill, Intake, on the evening of May 9.
Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the society, said: “Faced with an oncoming car, and with 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.We are honoured to recognise the courage of this incredible girl with one of our In Memoriam awards.”
Jasmyn’s grandfather Paul McCullie said he was ‘just blown away’ by the honour.
He said: “She had always been special – some kids in life are a little bit different and Jasmyn was one of those for many reasons.
“I feel quite humbled to hear about the award. It will make her mum so proud.”
Mr Wilkinson added: “Jasmyn was a tremendously brave girl.
“At the last moment, she pushed her friend away from the car and took the full impact herself.
“Jasmyn died of her injuries but it is thought that her actions prevented her friend from possibly being fatally injured herself. She is now making a good recovery.”
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The award has been made following a recommendation from South Yorkshire Police.
It has not yet been decided when the award will be presented to Jasmyn’s family by representatives of the Royal Humane Society, the top national organisation for honouring bravery in the saving of human life.
More than 1,500 people attended Jasmyn’s funeral at City Road Crematorium in June.
A new charity foundation has also been set up in memory of Jasmyn, a Year 10 pupil at Birley Community College, while Sheffield Council is to build a new pedestrian crossing – called ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ – on Normanton Hill.
Hundreds of drivers have been caught speeding at the site since the collision, one at more than double the limit.
Naseeb Ellahi, 32, of Birmingham, is charged with six offences in connection with Jasmyn’s death, including death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.