UPDATED: Tributes pour in after announcement that teenage hit-and-run victim has died

Tragedy: Popular Fazan Ahmed is remembered by the family and friends who were close to him
Tragedy: Popular Fazan Ahmed is remembered by the family and friends who were close to him

Tributes have been pouring in to 16-year-old Fazan Ahmed after the announcement that he died last night two days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

A Facebook page has been set up in tribute to the teenager, who went to Adeyfield School

Fighting for his life: Fazan Ahmed PNL-140823-193941001

Fighting for his life: Fazan Ahmed PNL-140823-193941001

The page now has more than 4,000 likes. Earlier this evening, a photo of a tribute that has emerged around a tree to Fazan was posted onto the page.

The tree is surrounded by flowers, and has photos of the teenager pinned to it, alongside an Arsenal shirt in honour of the football team he supported.

A message posted alongside the photo says: “This just shows how loved Fazan is and how distraught all who knew him are, but also how grateful we are that God gave Fazan life.

“We are grateful that he was able to impact our lives in any way at all and now it seems unreal that we have to live out our lives without his enlightening presence.

“Please don’t be sad that he has left us. Just be grateful that he had life and just know that his wonderful life that he hadn’t fully experienced was God’s to give, which He gave and it was God’s to take, which He took and now with all your prayers guiding his soul he will indefinitely reach paradise.

“Just remember him in your hearts and remember how he always enjoyed life from beginning to end. Treasure the moments you had with Fazan.”

Fazan had picked up his GCSE exam results just a day before the hit-and-run motorist struck him and then drove away.

Gail Turnball wrote about the sad news of his death on the social networking website’s Hemel Hempstead Community & Conversation page at about 8pm last night.

She said: “It is with great sadness that I am here saying that Fazan Ahmed passed away a short while ago.

“May you rest in peace: Heaven has a new angel, thinking of your family at this terrible time, x.”

Fazan was hit by a blue car in Jupiter Drive, Highfield, at about 8.25pm on Friday.

The teenager suffered quite a few head injuries as well a back injury that may have been spinal, the East of England Ambulance Service said.

A rapid response car, land ambulance, air ambulance and paramedic officer – also known as a duty manager – were sent out to help him.

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London for specialist treatment by land ambulance after reports suggest his condition was not stable enough for helicopter transport.

Facebook users have branded the driver who hit him ‘scum’ and a ‘coward’ for driving away after causing the injuries that would later kill Fazan.

Police have launched an appeal to find the blue car that hit Fazan and its driver. Sergeant Sam Cordingley from the Roads Policing Unit is leading the investigation.

He said: “Firstly, our thoughts go to Fazan’s family and friends following this tragedy. Fazan’s family is understandably devastated by what has happened.

“We are continuing to actively seek the driver of the blue car and we would ask that they make contact with police as a matter of urgency.

“We need to speak to you to understand what has happened.

“The vehicle we are seeking is likely to have a broken windscreen, as well as other damage so I’d like to ask for the public’s help in locating the vehicle.

“I would urge anyone who sees a vehicle with similar damage apparently parked up or abandoned to call us.

“I would also appeal to any mechanics, who may encounter a blue vehicle presented for repairs to get in contact before undertaking such work.

“If anyone has seen this vehicle, or has a relative who drives a blue car and may have come home in a distressed state, I would urge you to contact police immediately.”

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 read our original story about the hit-and-run here

You can read the appeal by Fazan’s family for the driver of the car that hit him to come forward here