Nine-year-old haunted after ‘trauma’ of seeing hit-and-run driver cause injuries that would later kill teenager

Rest in peace: Fazan Ahmed
Rest in peace: Fazan Ahmed

A nine-year-old boy who was near to Fazan at the time when he was struck by the hit-and-run driver is now haunted by what he saw.

Fazan is thought to have been playing football at the time when he was hit in Jupiter Drive, Highfield, at about 8.25pm on Friday.

Rest in peace: Tributes left to Fazan Ahmed, pictured below

Rest in peace: Tributes left to Fazan Ahmed, pictured below

He died of his injuries two days later at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

Describing the hit-and-run, the nine-year-old witness said: “There were five boys. Two were on one side of the road and three were on the other, passing the ball across the road.

“One ran in to get the ball and a car came and knocked Fazan over and he landed on his head on the pavement.”

The nine-year-old boy’s mother does not want him to be identified.

Talking about her nine-year-old son, his mother said: “It’s been really traumatic. He has been scared and is afraid of everything at the moment and does not want to play outside.”

Police held a press conference at 11am today, where the police spoke about the latest stage of their investigation

They ruled out the nine-year-old as a key witness, despite prior indications by BBC London News that he was. The car behind the hit-and-run is understood to be an old-style blue Ford Focus that may have had a number plate beginning with W.

The car may have a smashed windscreen or substantial front-end damage – and the driver will definitely have known he hit someone, as he stopped momentarily before driving off.

Police say anyone who comes looking for repairs that may have been caused by the hit-and-run should immediately phone them on 101 and not carry out the work.

> Anyone with any information about what happened is asked to contact PC Dave Clarke at the collision investigation unit. You can reach him on the Herts Police non-emergency number 101, quoting reference ISR 697 of August 22. You can alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

> Our website will be updated with a video report about the press conference and family appeal happening at 11am later today.