Shakeel Sheikh was more than just a father and grandfather to his loved ones, he was their best friend and hero.

A father of 12 and a grandfather of six, Mr Sheikh, a solicitor, was the 'superman' who survived several heart attacks.

Despite his strength in overcoming such trauma, it was a night out with an old friend which would end in his tragic death.

The exact circumstances surrounding his demise may never be known.

Mr Sheikh had been out drinking with a friend he'd not seen for years in Altrincham.

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He'd been seen on CCTV earlier that night unsteady on his feet.

He later came to be lying in the road near his home, and was run over by a car at about 3am.

The crash proved fatal, his family left traumatised.

But what hurt them the most was that the driver, 28-year-old Daniel Petch, did not stop and help.

He fled the scene, and other members of the public came to help.

Petch did call police about half an hour later.

But Mr Sheikh's family say if Petch had stopped and assisted, his life may have been saved, or at least extended, so they could have said a final goodbye.

On Friday Petch walked free from court, after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

He had previously admitted failing to stop, and was fined and given eight points in an earlier, separate case, following the fatal crash in January last year.

Shakeel Sheikh

Now Mr Sheikh's family are launching a campaign, calling on drivers who are responsible for fatal crashes and leave the scene to be jailed.

His daughter, Jazmine Bonnell, 33, believes jail sentences should be imposed to deter others.

"I'm absolutely devastated with the suspended sentence," she told the M.E.N.

"I don't think it's fair that people can kill people and just get away with it.

"I'm supposed to go home now and tell my children, 'you can't hurt somebody, because you'll go to prison'.

"Well they're not going to believe me are they?

"The whole family is absolutely devastated, I don't know how we are going to get on from this."

She wants to introduce Shakeel's Law in memory of her father.

"So you actually get a prison sentence, not this whole suspended sentence and you're going to be going home and having tea tonight," she said.

"No, you are going to be going to jail, and be separated from your family like you've done to that family, and there's actually going to be consequences."

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Referencing Petch, a father of a young daughter, Ms Bonnell said: "I think he should have been separated from his children like he has separated my Dad from me.

"I don't think it's fair, he is not going to feel any consequence today.

"What consequence has he got, 300 hours unpaid work?"

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.

The situation in prisons during the pandemic was also taken into account, with the judge saying jail sentences are 'particularly onerous', with prisoners often kept in their cells for more than 23 hours a day.

Petch, of Shadwell Grove, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottingham, was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work.

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

When the offence is of causing death by dangerous driving, it rises to 14 years.

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

The judge accepted Petch had not been speeding and was not under influence of drugs or alcohol, but said he'd not paid proper attention to the road.

No change in the law will bring back their father and grandfather.

They will never hear his voice again, or be able to give him a hug.

He won't be there to walk his daughters down the aisle, or see his grandchildren grow up.

But Ms Bonnell is hoping her and her family's devastation can prove to be a catalyst for change.

"We have been fighting ever since to get some justice for him," she said.