‘Sefless heroine’ Jasmyn Chan honoured with Royal award today

Peter Chan and Paula McCullie, parents of brave Jasmyn Chan, collect her award from Princess Alexandra
Peter Chan and Paula McCullie, parents of brave Jasmyn Chan, collect her award from Princess Alexandra
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A Sheffield schoolgirl who saved her friend before being killed in a hit-and run crash has been honoured with a national award.

Jasmyn Chan, aged 14, bravely pushed her 12-year-old friend, Tia Tucker, out of the way of an oncoming vehicle as they crossed Normanton Hill, Intake, last May.

Jasmyn was then hit by the speeding car and killed .

Driver Naseeb Ellahi, who later admitted taking cocaine before the crash, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after admitting causing Jasmyn’s death by dangerous driving.

Her death saw a community unite in grief – and led to them successfully campaign for new safety improvements on Normanton Hill.

Now The Royal Humane Society has presented Jasmyn’s parents, Paula McCullie and Peter Chan, with an In Memorium award for the ‘selfless heroine’.

Announcing the award, Dick Wilkinson, society secretary, said: “Jasmyn was a tremendously brave girl.

“Faced with an oncoming car, and with mere seconds to act, her only thought was to push her friend to safety.

“Tia 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 family went to Haberdasher’s Hall in London just three days before the one-year anniversary of Jasmyn’s death, to be presented with the award by Princess Alexandra, society president.

Last month, final details for the new crossing that is to be created on Normanton Hill were agreed by Sheffield Council.

It will be called ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ in tribute to the Birley Community College student, and installed at the entrance to Richmond Park.

A petition signed by 12,000 people and handed in to the council sparked the decision to agree the crossing.

Work on the new signal-controlled crossing is due to begin next month,