The man who killed a teenage girl in a hit-and-run collision in Sheffield has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Naseeb Ellahi, aged 34, formerly of St Ronan’s Road, Sharrow, was travelling at a minimum speed of 61mph when he ploughed into 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan and her friend, Tia Tucker, who was 12 at the time, last May.
The youngsters were crossing Normanton Hill, Intake, when they were left for dead at the side of the road as Ellahi sped off in a bid to evade detection.
He remained on the run for five days before handing himself in.
Ellahi admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of the collision, failing to report the collision, causing death while having no insurance and causing death while having no licence.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Ellahi, now of Ash Road, Birmingham, told police officers that on the day of the fatal collision he had snorted two lines of cocaine.
He also admitted that his head was ‘cabbaged’ through years of cannabis taking.
Ellahi, dressed in a dark suit, sobbed throughout the hearing and rocked in his seat as he sat in the dock as details of the collision were read out.
He was also overcome with emotion as Jasmyn’s mum, Paula McCullie, stood up in court and read out a personal victim impact statement, in which she spoke of her pride in her daughter and told how her death had devastated her family.
She described Jasmyn as ‘a beautiful, loving and generous girl with a heart of gold’.
The court heard how heroic Jasmyn saved the life of her friend Tia by pushing her out of the path of Ellahi’s car as it came hurtling towards them.
The killer driver had swerved to avoid three of Jasmyn’s friends who were also crossing the road and then lost control of his Honda Civic, which to this day has never been found.
He told police officers he dumped the vehicle in Sheffield and left the keys in the ignition.
When interviewed by the police, Ellahi begged officers to tell Jasmyn’s family he was ‘sorry’ for the collision.
But Jasmyn’s mum said no sentence could make up for the life sentence she, her family and Jasmyn’s friends now live with.
Jasmyn’s dad, Peter Chan, speaking outside court, said he did not feel Ellahi’s prison sentence was long enough.
He said: “The man responsible for taking the life of our sweet, loving daughter is now in prison but it does not ease our grief. It will be us who endure the life sentence.”
He said Jasmyn’s death had left his family with an ‘empty feeling’.
He added: “Our daughter was beautiful inside and out, she was so caring and thoughtful. She always wanted to help people less fortunate than herself.
“We are still heartbroken and filled with absolute sadness over the loss of Jasmyn.”
Jasmyn’s aunt Helen Betts said in a statement that the teen showed heroism on the night of the crash - but Ellahi showed cowardice.
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