The family of a granddad-of-six are calling for a change in the law after he was left to die by a careless driver.

Shakeel Sheikh, 52, died after being hit by a car driven by Daniel Petch on Manchester Road in Altrincham in January 2020.

Mr Sheikh, a father to twelve, had been out drinking with friends when he came to be lying in the road near his home.

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Petch, 28, did not see the grandfather and struck him, before fleeing the scene.

He did return a short time later to pick up some pieces of his car which had come off during the crash, and left again after he 'panicked', despite noticing people tending to Mr Sheikh nearby.

About half an hour after the 3am crash, he finally phoned police.

Mr Sheikh's grieving family believe if an ambulance had been called sooner, there is a chance he could have been saved - or at least given his family the chance to say goodbye.

The driver who killed Shakeel (pictured) was spared jail

In June this year, Petch was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for two years, after he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work, and was banned from driving for two years.

The judge said she was able to spare Petch from jail because he had pleaded guilty.

Other factors taken into consideration included his lack of previous convictions, and the impact of sending him to prison could have on his daughter, who he cares for.

Jazmine Bonnell, 33, slammed the sentence as 'very lenient' and has now launched a petition calling for a change in the law regarding hit-and-runs.

Named 'Shakeel's Law,' Jazmine is asking the Government to require that all traffic collisions be reported immediately, and that sentences for failure to stop at collisions that result in death or serious injury be increased.

"By current law, drivers have up to 24 hours to report an accident on the road, even if it involves a person," the petition says.

"The law can act as an incentive for drivers to flee scene if they kill/injure someone.

"I want sentences increased to be a deterrent from other drivers doing this and maybe we will be able to save lives on the road, and required report time reduced.

"A hit-run driver left our dad in the road to die alone. If he had stopped and rang 999 he may saved him or gave us chance to say goodbye."

Jazmine and her family were unable to appeal the sentence handed down by the court because the offence isn't covered by 'unduly lenient provisions'. They feel that a change in the law is the only way to hold drivers who fail to stop to account.

"We were absolutely destroyed after the court case and still are. We are all receiving counselling," she said, speaking to the Manchester Evening News.

Shakeel Sheikh, 52, who died after being run over in Altrincham

"It took 44 minutes for an ambulance to get to my dad. If the ambulance had been called sooner there’s a chance we might have been able to say goodbye to him.

"He didn’t even ring an ambulance."

Jazmine believes that if failing to stop for an accident resulting in serious injury or death attracted a mandatory custodial sentence, the number of deaths like her father's could be reduced.

Mandatory sentences are in already in place for certain firearms offences, meaning offenders must receive a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment.

There are currently no mandatory prison sentences for driving offences and a decision is made using Sentencing Council guidelines.

The maximum sentence for causing death by careless driving is five years.

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Under proposals being considered by MPs, life sentences could be given to drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

"If people know that if they fail to stop they will go straight to custody they won’t leave people on the road to die," Jazmine said.

"Currently people know there are no consequences for that action.

"We have over 4,000 signatures on our petition already and it is being shared a lot.

"The amount of people I have spoken to who this has happened to in Greater Manchester alone is unbelievable."

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: "Our thoughts are with all those who knew Mr Sheikh.

Shakeel left behind 12 children and six grandchildren

"Although such incidents are rare, there are severe penalties in place for drivers who cause death or serious injury from either dangerous or careless driving.

"Where an accident is required to be reported, the law states a driver must report it as soon as is reasonably practicable and, in any case, within twenty-four hours of the occurrence of the accident.

"We’re fully aware, however, of how traumatic such incidents can be for the family and friends of those involved and we are exploring if there are further options that can be pursued."

You can sign Jazmine's petition here.