Sheffield road to get crossing after Jasmyn’s death

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A new pedestrian crossing where teenager Jasmyn Chan died tragically in a hit-and-run is set to be named after her so her memory lives on.

Sheffield Council yesterday revealed ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ will be among a raft of improvements for Normanton Road, Intake, where 14-year-old Jasmyn was killed.

Some 12,000 people signed a petition calling for action – and now a controlled crossing and speed safety signs will be installed at the scene, road safety work will be undertaken with nearby schools, and the verge hardened so more police speed enforcement exercises can be held.

Councillors from all parties united to back the plans.

Speaking after the meeting an emotional Sandra Bradley, who organised the petition, said the community had pulled together for action.

She added: “It’s really positive – I applaud the council.

“We know this was the right decision, the only decision, that could be made. Jasmyn would be so proud.”

A 32-year-old man has been bailed in connection with Jasmyn’s death.

Birley Community College pupil Jasmyn pushed her best friend Tia Tucker out of the way of a car in the hit-and-run in May.

Marie Gratton, Tia’s gran, told The Star: “It is absolutely amazing that we are going to put Jasmyn’s name on the crossing so when the kids go to use it they will know they are at her crossing.

“It’s just great that her name will live on in Jazzy’s Crossing.”

The meeting heard speed enforcement tests at the site this week caught 55 drivers going over the 30mph limit.

The top speeds recorded were 66mph and 58mph – and both of those motorists will now lose their licences.

In presenting the petition Ms Bradley called for the cost of safety improvements to be ‘taken out of the equation’.

She told councillors: “I would ask what price do you put on a child’s life, which was extinguished by a hit-and-run driver?”

Three public questioners also queried why safety measures had not been put in place previously, despite two other teenagers being injured in collisions at the same site.

Campaigners say they have been concerned for ‘decades’ by the speeds motorists reach on the road.

Council chiefs said they would look again at criteria behind the prioritisation of spending on traffic calming where repeated serious accidents occur.

Coun Jack Scott said the authority would also move ‘heaven and earth’ to get a new school crossing patrol in place for when the current one finishes in October.

He said design work was under way and building would begin as soon as that was complete – although it would not be ‘immediate’.

He told the meeting: “We are absolutely determined to take action on this road.”