A police chief who oversaw the investigation into the death of Jasmyn Chan said her killer had demonstrated ‘appalling characteristics’.
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing in South Yorkshire, said her death had been a ‘tragic incident made worse by the appalling characteristics of the driver’ – who fled from the crash scene and went on the run for five days leaving Jasmyn’s grieving family and friends unaware of who was responsible for the teenager’s death.
He said the ‘substantial’ prison sentence imposed was because of the number of ‘aggravating factors’.
Chf Insp Walne said Jasmyn’s family would never recover from their loss.
“When a fatal collision occurs nobody intends it and, unfortunately, it will happen again but it’s the reaction of the driver that makes all the difference – whether you show some responsibilty for that and the hurt you have caused, and on this occasion that was not done. That’s why Mr Ellahi has received a longer sentence,” he added.
He said Ellahi had demonstrated a ‘ridiculous’ standard of driving in a dark, residential area on the night of the collision.
The court heard the crash scene was in a ‘pool of darkness’ caused by two street lights not working that night.
“The lighting conditions, for a reasonable driver, would say ‘slow down a bit’,” said the officer. “Any reasonable standard of driving would have prevented this.”
He said because Ellahi fled the scene his officers had started their investigation into the fatality with ‘a blank sheet’.
There had been a ‘sensational’ response from members of the public to police appeals for information.