POLICE chiefs will meet to decide whether an officer cleared of causing death by careless driving will face internal disciplinary proceedings.
Rodney Mills, aged 42, of Owlthorpe Rise, Mosborough, was driving at 58mph in a 30mph zone when he struck university student Jamie Haslett on Broad Lane, near Sheffield city centre.
PC Mills, who has been an officer for 12 years and previously served in the RAF, was found not guilty after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
He was responding to a call received at 3.30am from Stannington, Sheffield, when he was involved in the accident with Hallam student Jamie, from the Isle of Man, who was going home after a night out.
The 999 call had come from the home of an elderly man who had contacted police previously after falling.
PC Mills was on his way to West Bar police station to collect a battering ram in case he needed to force entry into the house when Jamie crossed the road in front of him.
He did not have his blue lights or sirens activated.
IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said: “I would like to extend my sympathies again to Jamie’s family and friends.
“I have met his family and it is clear he was a well loved and popular young man.
“He had been enjoying a night out with friends and was walking hand in hand with them on his way back to his friend’s student residence.
“It is a tragic example of the fragility of human life that one second he was enjoying life to the full and laughing with friends and the next he was dead.
“Pc Mills will have to live with what happened for the rest of his life. Jamie’s family will have to live without a much loved young man.
”A jury has decided Pc Mills is not guilty of a criminal offence and I must respect that decision. It remains for me to discuss with South Yorkshire Police whether Pc Mills should be subject to any disciplinary proceedings as a result of the findings of our investigation.”