Speeding drivers are today urged to ‘imagine the pain’ of hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan’s family before they break the limit on the Sheffield road where she was killed.
Jasmyn, aged 14, died on Normanton Hill, Intake, last May as she bravely saved the life of friend Tia Tucker by pushing her out of the way of the collision.
Speeding driver Naseeb Ellahi was travelling at double the 30mph limit when he hit Jasmyn – and since then more than 1,200 motorists have been caught breaking the law at the same spot.
Now campaigners have again pleaded with drivers to slow down after councillors agreed detailed plans for the £440,000 ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ to be installed at the entrance to Richmond Park.
Sandra Bradley, who collected more than 12,000 signatures on a petition calling for the crossing, said: “To all those people who are still speeding on Normanton Hill – please think why it is a 30mph road.
“Imagine you are in the shoes of Jasmyn’s parents and what every day means to them, the pain they go through – how would they feel if it was their daughter?”
Marie Gratton, Tia’s step-grandmother, said: “There are children waiting to use Jasmyn’s crossing with pride, why can’t drivers use the road with pride as well.”
Work on the new signal-controlled crossing is set to start in June, after detailed plans were agreed at a Sheffield Council highways decision meeting yesterday.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for highways, said it was ‘probably one of the most complex crossings that we have ever done, because it is a difficult site.’
A new access road to homes and allotments will be created and a bus stop moved by 15 metres, which raised some concerns during consultation.
Council officers said they ‘appreciated’ elderly people would have further to walk to the bus stop, but it had to be done to ensure children used the crossing.
The meeting heard residents had wanted action for ‘decades’ on the road, which surveys have shown is crossed by more than 330 people each day.
Sandra told the meeting: “Something has to be done to ensure no family goes through what Jasmyn’s has had to go through.”
Marie also said that, at the opening of a memorial garden to remember three teenage girls who have died in the area, it was said the tragedies had made the community ‘like family’, by bringing it together.
The garden is in honour of Jasmyn, Ellie Taylor-Ward and Lauren Walker.
Sandra and Marie thanked councillors for working with them on the project.
Ellahi, who admitted snorting cocaine on the day of the collision, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.