Mother of woman killed in Sheffield collision appeals for witnesses

The mother of a 28-year-old woman who was killed in a collision in Sheffield last month has made a direct plea for anyone with information to come forward.

Naomi Anna Colcomb, was crossing St Mary’s Gate at around 1.50am on Saturday 13 October, when she was involved in a collision with a grey Fiat Bravo travelling towards Bramall Lane.

Naomi (pictured) was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and the car, which didn’t stop, was later found on fire on Heeley Green Sheffield, around two hours and 35 minutes later.

Her mother, Sabine Heiliger, has today made a direct appeal to the driver who left the scene, asking how could they leave her little girl?

She said: “First of all, I would like to thank the passers-by who stopped to help, and who tried to bring Naomi back to life.

“What a traumatic experience this must have been for you, finding her lying there, bleeding, with horrific injuries, and finding that you couldn’t do anything. My heart goes out to you.

“My thanks also to the ambulance crew and the emergency services, for all you have done.

“Naomi was the most loving daughter you can imagine; she was the centre of my life. I can’t describe how much I miss her.

“She loved Sheffield, had set up home here with her fiancée, and had lots of plans for her future. One of them was to foster children.

“Now all of her dreams are gone.

“She was loved by, and will be missed by, not only her family and friends, but also by people at her work, and those she helped through her volunteering. Among other things, she was passionate about reducing food waste and getting surplus food to people in need.

“You may be able to understand that, as Naomi’s mother, I feel I need to know what happened to her in as much detail as possible, to help me come to terms with this terrible thing.

“I know that there is someone out there, listening to this, who has some information, who knows something, however small, that may be helpful.

“Please come forward. The question that keeps going round in my head is this:

How could the driver of this car leave my Naomi, my little girl, lying on the wet cold road, to suffer, to die, without stopping and trying to help her? Please help. Thank you.”

Road Traffic Officers investigating the collision have also released CCTV footage today of the car as it left the scene in the early hours of that morning.

Sergeant Donna Roden from the Serious Collisions Unit, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our investigation into this collision is continuing to develop and on Monday 12 November, we arrested a second man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

“The man, 24, is the second to be arrested in connection to the collision and has been released under investigation at this time.

“A 51-year-old man previously arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop has been released under investigation.

“Over the last month we have been able to piece together the vehicle’s movements and we know that immediately before the collision the car was on Ecclesall Road, parked near to the Seven Hills store for around five minutes from 1.44am- 1.50am.

“The car is then thought to have travelled down Ecclesall Road and turned right onto St Mary’s Gate. The collision occurred just one minute later and Naomi was fatally injured as she was crossing over the road.

“We then have the vehicle captured on CCTV travelling along Bramall Lane, away from the city centre, this can be seen on the CCTV footage released today. The driver’s side front headlight is out at this point.

“We believe that the vehicle has then travelled through Meadowhead area and the next sighting we have of the car is when we receive a report that it had been set alight, at around 4.25am at Heeley Green, in the Heeley area of Sheffield.”
“We still need information about where the car travelled between leaving Bramall Lane and being found in Heeley and would ask that people cast their minds back to that evening. It was raining heavily that evening and a car with one of its front headlights out would be noticeable.

“Did you see a car without its headlights on? Or with one of the headlights out? Do you have dashcam footage that shows the car?

“Any information you have could greatly assist us as our enquiries continue. It’s so important that we provide answers for Naomi’s loved ones, who are still struggling to come to terms with what happened.

“If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 98 of 13 October 2018. You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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