The driver who killed Jasmyn Chan turned himself into police just hours after her devastated parents made an emotional appeal for her killer to come forward.
Naseeb Ellahi presented himself to police officers alongside a family member on May 15 last year - almost one week after the fatal hit-and-run and just a day after Jasmyn’s parents made their appeal.
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne said he could not say whether the appeal had a direct effect on Ellahi handing himself in but said the huge public and media interest in the case had contributed to his decision.
“It always difficult to know what makes someone come forward. I do think the overwhelming level of public and media interest made a significant difference,” he said.
“Nobody was prepared to accept that a 14-year-old girl could die on our roads and in our city like this.”
He said the investigation had started with a ‘blank sheet’ as there had been no direct CCTV coverage of the scene and ‘very little information’ about what happened.
Chief Inspector Walne said ‘huge support’ from the public had helped police put together their case against Ellahi.
He added: “His actions that night were completely inexcusable.”