The headteacher of Adeyfield School has paid tribute to the 16-year-old student who was mown down by a hit-and-run driver just a day after collecting his GCSE results.
Fazan Ahmed had been planning to study business, economics and possibly history and citizenship for his A-levels at Longdean School, Bennetts End.
He had hoped to study business or economics at university – but instead died from his injuries two days after being hit by a blue car in Jupiter Driver, Highfield
Police are still trying to trace the driver of the vehicle, which fled the area after the smash at about 8.25pm on Friday
Adeyfield School headteacher Scott Martin said: “The oddest thing is I saw him on Thursday when he came to collect his GCSE results.
“When I heard the news on Friday, I just thought: ‘That can’t be the same person.’ Just 24 hours before, he had been in school collecting his results with all his friends.
“He was very popular and had a very broad range of friends. The day before, they would have been celebrating and within 24 hours they have lost one of their dearest friends. This is truly a tragedy.
“He was a young man who had his whole future in front of him.”
Mr Martin said Fazan’s mother Izzy Begum and father Mukhtar Ahmed had brought Fazan and his siblings up to be ‘decent people’.
Mr Martin said: “The last thing any of us want to do is bury our own child and I do not know how they are coping with that. Our thoughts are with the family at what must be a very difficult time.
“Fazan will be very sorely missed. He had a sense of humour, was very articulate, knew how to express himself and was very popular both with staff and students.
“The range of people he was friends with says a lot about him as a person. You could have an adult conversation with him – he was not a stroppy teenager, as young people are sometimes portrayed.”
Mr Martin remembered a citizenship course that Fazan took as part of his Year 11 studies, where he and his group chose to raise awareness of human rights charity Amnesty International.
Mr Martin said: “Fazan was passionate about raising awareness of people who are less advantaged than us.
“He was a young man who was concerned about thinking of others rather than thinking about himself.”
Police are still trying to trace the driver of the blue car that hit Fazan. They believe the vehicle may have a smashed windscreen and other damage.
If you have any information about what happened, or if someone comes to you asking for repairs to damage to the front of their car, phone police on 101.
Ask for PC Dave Clarke at the collision investigation unit, quoting reference ISR 697 of August 22.
> The hunt for the hit-and-run driver has now been taken on by the Beds & Herts Major Crime Unit. Officers are today ploughing through CCTV footage and all evidence that could help them find the driver. A press conference will be held at 11am tomorrow to brief the media on the latest stage of the investigation.