FROM ONE MUM TO ANOTHER: END THIS; Plea over tragic hit-and-run victim Sam, 11.
ONE smiling mum poses happily with her two newborn boys... another weeps over the hit-and-run death of her beloved son.
And yesterday grieving Rachel Riddall begged mother-of-twins Hannah Saaf to give herself up to police.
Mrs Saaf, 27, is the owner of the car that mowed down young Sam Riddall as he walked home from a church youth service. Witnesses saw a woman run away, leaving Sam, 11, dying under the vehicle.
Fighting tears, devout Christian Rachel said: "I'm here to appeal to Hannah as a mum who has lost a precious son. Please come forward Hannah and talk to police so we can begin to put our lives back together.
"If anyone has any information regarding this incident or Hannah's whereabouts please come forward. Hannah, if you are watching or can hear this, please come forward."
Before Mrs Riddall, 39, made her appeal, husband Martin, an ex- RAF mechanic who works for Campus Crusade for Christ, paid tribute to his boy. The 45-year-old said: "This is an impossible time for us. Sam was the most wonderful of boys and we loved him so much. His smile could light up the darkest room and his attitude to life shone out of him like a light.
"He was passionate about football and he loved his brothers and us. He also knew he was loved by us. He also loved Jesus and it's comforting to know he's with him now. But we miss him very much indeed. And we wish he was here with us every second of the day."
After the parents' heartbreaking appeal police revealed there had been a "confirmed sighting" of Mrs Saaf in the centre of Bristol on Saturday afternoon. Sam had three brothers - Jacob, 14, Thomas, nine and Joshua, five.
He left his youth meeting in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, at 9.15pm last Friday with three pals. They were escorted by local GP Peter Harbord, whose son Joel, 12, was among the group.
Sam died in hospital hours after the white Ford Focus mounted the pavement and hit him. Witnesses saw the woman driver get out and run away. They said she was white with long blonde hair, in her mid-30s.
The three other children involved in the incident, all thought to be 11 or 12, were uninjured. Dr Harbord suffered minor injuries.
Det Chief Inspector Gary Stephens said a witness reported seeing Mrs Saaf in the centre of Bristol on Saturday afternoon. There had also been reported sightings in Wiltshire, Brighton and Bath. But he added: "We are reasonably happy we've drawn a line under these."
He described Mrs Saaf's lifestyle as "transient". Asked if someone could be harbouring her, Mr Stephens agreed it was possible.
On Tuesday, police took the unusual step of releasing the name and picture of Mrs Saaf, who comes from Kingswood, Bristol.
Revealing Mrs Saaf's identity, Insp Rob Pearson said friends and relatives have not been able to tell police where she might be. Airports, ports and British Transport Police have been put on alert.
BEACON Sam's smile lit up the room BEFORE HUNT.. Hannah Saaf with new twins and, right, Rachel yesterday
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 8, 2009|
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