A 32-year-old Sheffield man has been arrested over the death of 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan in a hit-and-run accident in the city.
The man was held by South Yorkshire Police overnight on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody today.
Jasmyn sustained fatal injuries following a collision in Normanton Hill at around 9.20pm on Friday, though enquiries are continuing into the accident.
Yesterday, Peter Chan and Paula McCullie made a tearful appeal for the person at the wheel of a car in the collision which led to the death of their beloved daughter, or anyone with information, to ‘do the right thing’ and come forward.
The 14-year-old was crossing the road with a friend in the Intake area of the city when she was hit by what has been described as a small, dark coloured car that was travelling downhill towards the A57 Mosborough Parkway.
She was taken to the Northern General Hospital but later died. Reports have since emerged that Jasmyn had pushed her 12-year-old pal Tia Tucker to safety moments before in a heroic feat which was to be her last.
Mr Chan, 43, said: “Someone knows something. I’m appealing to all mothers and fathers, please, if you know who is responsible do the right thing and contact the police.
“Please just think if this was your daughter. Our family are desperate for answers, to know how this happened to our precious little Jaz.”
Grief was etched over the faces of both parents during the police press conference yesterday.
Mrs Chan, 38, clutched her daughter’s sweater and wept as her husband addressed the media.
Jasmyn’s selfless final actions, which meant Tia escaped the incident with minor injuries, mirror the portrait of a young woman ‘beautiful, inside and out’ described by her father.
He spoke of how the teenager had just had her hair shaved off to raise money for a cancer charity.
Jasmyn’s bravery, which has been praised by Tia’s family, has made it all the more difficult for those who knew her to come to terms with their loss.
Mr Chan added: “I cannot put into words the pain and devastation we feel in our hearts knowing she is gone.
“As a family we are heartbroken and I don’t know how we will ever get over losing Jasmyn.
“Please, if you know something, please come forward.”
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, who is leading the investigation, said: “There are a couple of accounts which say at her last moments Jasmyn was seen to push her friend away from the driver. I think it’s clear this sums up she was a beautiful child with everything to live for.
“Every impression I get is this is a fantastic child, willing to give things up for other people.”
He said police were pursuing any reports of cars with damage, ‘most likely to the drivers side and to the headlights’, and that enquiries were ongoing predominantly in the local area.
He added: “We’re now five days into the investigation, there has been a massive amount of public support and we are really grateful.
“We will be closing in on the vehicle and driver responsible for this.
“As the days go on we understand that the driver is also likely to be frightened and confused. The nature of a collision is that you don’t intend this to happen.
“I want to encourage people to think about that Friday night.
“A 14-year-old girl has lost her life and the bright future she had ahead of her. Jasmyn’s family deserve answers.”
Anyone with information can call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 1098 of May 9.