Think of our grief, Jasmyn’s mum tells Sheffield’s speeding drivers

Jasmyn Chan's heartbroken mum  Paula McCullie
Jasmyn Chan's heartbroken mum Paula McCullie

The heartbroken mum of Sheffield schoolgirl Jasmyn Chan today told speeding motorists to think of the grief and devastation her family goes through every day.

Paula McCullie said she was ‘disgusted’ by shock new figures which revealed 471 motorists were caught travelling at up to double the legal limit in just three months on Normanton Hill, Intake.

Jasmyn Chan

Jasmyn Chan

The 38-year-old spoke to The Star in a moving interview to urge drivers to think twice about the consequences of speeding – 20 weeks to the day after her 14-year-old daughter was killed.

She said: “I would say to drivers who speed, come and spend a day in our house and see the grief and devastation a family which has had its heart ripped out has to go through every single day.

“It is not worth getting somewhere a little bit quicker for. At first I think what happened to Jasmyn slowed people down – I don’t know if they’ve forgotten now.”

Paula, also mum to Libby, aged eight, said she has not driven on the road since Birley Community College pupil Jasmyn was killed in May after saving her friend by pushing her out of the way.

And she revealed her partner Daniel Myers’ grandfather died after a collision on the same road several years ago.

Paula, from Frecheville, added: “I don’t know the roads up there at all, I didn’t use it very often, but since it has happened there have been so many people that have said to me that it has always been a death trap.

“My partner’s grandfather got run over on that road a few years ago and he died as well.”

She said little girl Libby keeps her going.

“It is 20 weeks since Jasmyn died, and we get through things day by day really. Some days it is hour by hour. We just have to get through it as best we can.

“The fact we do have a little one is a bit of a kick up the bum, because we have no choice but to keep on for her.”

Sheffield Council is working with campaigners to educate drivers and pedestrians and improve the road with new signs installed.

But the figures from South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership reveal drivers are continuing to flout the law – with one hurtling at 66mph while overtaking on a pedestrian crossing.

An average of more than 24 offences an hour were committed on just nine occasions when the road was monitored.

Paula said: “I think there need to be barriers on the road so people have a chance to think about crossing and people can see them waiting.

“There need to be speed bumps too.”

* Naseeb Ellahi, aged 32, of Birmingham, has been charged with six offences in connection with Jasmyn’s death.