Sheffield hit-and-run death fresh appeal

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POLICE officers are still trying to trace a vehicle which sped off from the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in Sheffield.

The Jeep-style 4x4 was driven away from Arbourthorne Road, leaving 19-year-old Travis O’Neil to die by the kerb.

It is believed Travis could have been thrown from the vehicle.

The 4x4 smashed into a black Volkswagen Polo moments before the teenager was found covered in blood by shocked residents, who tried to save him before paramedics arrived.

Travis was discovered at around 5.50pm on Tuesday, and was taken to the Northern General Hospital before being pronounced dead at around 6.40pm.

Dozens of floral tributes have been left near Arbourthorne Road, and hundreds of messages have been posted in memory of the former Sheffield Springs Academy pupil on Facebook.

Sarah Gilchrist wrote ‘Can’t believe it, Trav’ while a user called Vaughan said ‘RIP Travis – still can’t believe it, man.’

Chelsea Lynch wrote ‘Love you forever’ and Shelecka Sinclair said ‘Sleep tight son’.

Friends have also taken to social networking site Twitter to pay tribute to the victim.

“RIP Travis O’Neil, loved and missed by many, you’re in a safe place,” wrote Chloee Rosee.

Rumours initially spread on the Arbourthorne estate that Travis had been beaten or stabbed, but a post-mortem examination found his injuries were consistent with a road accident.

The investigation has since been handed over to the roads policing team.

“The post-mortem has revealed injuries which were consistent with a road accident,” said Detective Superintendent Terry Mann.

“I know there were initially rumours going around that he had been stabbed or beaten but that is not the case.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers are still trying to trace a 4x4-style vehicle and the driver of that vehicle, which failed to stop following the collision.

“Officers investigating are appealing for anyone with information that could assist the investigation to call South Yorkshire Police.”

■ Anyone with information about the incident should call 101, quoting incident number 738 of November 27.