A driver has admitted leaving Sheffield teenager Jasmyn Chan to die after hitting her and one of her friends with his car.
Jasmyn, aged 14, gave her life pushing one of her friends out of the way of Naseeb Ellahi’s oncoming car which was going at more than twice the speed limit, in May last year.
The other girl was also seriously injured in the crash on Normanton Hill, Intake, at around 9.20pm on Friday, May 9 - but after hitting the two teenagers at speed Ellahi drove off and went on the run.
Ellahi had been travelling faster than 60mph on the 30mph road when he hit the girls, who had been crossing the road.
He was arrested almost a week later after handing himself into police in Sheffield accompanied by a family member.
Ellahi, aged 33, of Ash Road, Birmingham and formerly of Nether Edge, Sheffield, made a shock guilty plea at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.
He admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene and failing to report an accident.
Ellahi pleaded not guilty to two further charges of causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while unlicensed.
Prosecutors will decide in the next fortnight whether to pursue the two extra charges against Ellahi or drop them.
Judge Julian Goose QC, honorary recorder of Sheffield, told Ellahi to expect a prison sentence.
“You know this sentence is inevitably going to be one of custody,” he said.
Members of Jasmyn’s family watched from the public gallery at Sheffield Crown Court as an emotional Ellahi entered his pleas.
After he pleaded guilty in a hushed courtroom some of Jasmyn’s family were in tears.
Ellahi also appeared to be in tears and stared at the floor in the dock after entering his pleas.
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne of South Yorkshire Police said: “This was ridiculous driving and this was dangerous driving. Anyone who gave a thought for others on the road wouldn’t have done that.”
More than 1,000 mourners attended Jasmyn’s funeral last year, while a petition signed by more than 12,000 people called for road safety improvements at the spot where she lost her life.
The road safety campaign prompted Sheffield Council to promise to invest in improvements which will include ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’.
The family of Jasmyn, who was a Year 10 pupil at Birley Community College and from Frechville, have also set up a new charity foundation in her memory.
Chief Inspector Walne said was pleased Ellahi had pleaded guilty, saving Jasmyn’s family from the ordeal of a trial taking place.
He said: “It gives a level of comfort. But it doesn’t bring Jasmyn back, that is the reality.
“The family are still grieving day-in, day-out with their devastating loss.”
Ellahi was given bail and will be return to court on January 27, when he is likely to be sentenced.
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