Sheffield hit-and-run: Tributes paid to 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan killed in collision

Police appeal for driver to come forward

A 14-year-old girl who died following a hit-and-run collision which also left a 12-year-old seriously injured has been described as “an active, friendly girl who was very giving”.

South Yorkshire Police has launched an urgent investigation to trace a car driver following the incident in Sheffield last night which left Jasmyn Chan dead.

Senior officers have asked the motorist to consider Jasmyn's family as they issued a direct appeal for him or her to come forward.

A force spokesman said the teenager and a 12-year-old girl, who had not been named, were crossing Normanton Hill, close to its junction with Richmond Hill Road and near to Richmond Park, when they were in collision with a car at 9.20pm.

He said Jasmyn suffered fatal injuries. The 12-year-old girl was taken to hospital where she is being treated for serious injuries. Both girls are from Sheffield and Jasmyn lived in the local area, he said.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne said: “Jasmyn was an active, friendly girl who was very giving.

“This situation is even more upsetting as the driver didn't stop at the scene.

“The driver may not have intended to cause this collision nor are they likely to have been aware of the extent of the injuries they caused last night.

“However I would urge them to think about the impact on Jasmyn's family, friends and community and please come forward.

“Investigating officers are working on a number of leads and people have been giving us information.” Freinds of Jasmyn Chan hold a vigil near to the scene Freinds of Jasmyn Chan hold a vigil near to the scene

Officers have said the car has been described as small and dark-coloured, possibly green, and maybe a Volkswagen or a Honda. Mr Walne said it will have damage to the front and the driver's offside.

It was travelling downhill, towards the A57 Mosborough Parkway.

Friends laying flowers close to the spot where the crash happened said Jasmyn was walking from the nearby park to her house on the other side of the road.

They understood that three of the group of boys and girls had made it across the road when the collision happened and they had been told Jasmyn may have been trying to help the younger girl when they were both hit by the vehicle.

Dozens of floral tributes to the teenager - known as Jazzy - have been laid around a signpost by the road. A steady stream of friends have come to the spot during the day.

Some of the youngsters sat together around the flowers in an impromptu vigil, many in tears.

"In school, I never saw you without a smile on your face," one message read.

"You brightened up a room just by your presence. You were just a beautiful, smart, young lady with such a kind heart."

Another said: "I can't believe you've been taken from us"

The accident happened at the bottom of a long, straight hill on the 30mph road. Skid marks stretching for about 70m could clearly be seen on the road surface today.

Jasmyn lived with her parents and younger sister just a few hundred yards from where the crash happened. She was a student at Birley Community College, in Sheffield.

PA

News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Extras
indybest
News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Arts and Entertainment
music
Sport
football
Life and Style
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale
techDespite a host of other online auction sites and fierce competition from Amazon, eBay is still the most popular e-commerce site in the UK
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home