Sheffield death crash policeman didn’t expect student to run out, court told

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A POLICE officer accused of causing the death of a student in Sheffield by careless driving has told a court he did not expect the teenager to run out in front of him.

PC Rodney Craig Mills, aged 42, was driving his patrol car at nearly twice the speed limit without his lights or sirens when he hit and killed Jamie Haslett.

The 19-year-old student died at the scene from head injuries after being flung onto the bonnet of the car, hitting the windscreen and being thrown ‘a considerable distance’ into the air.

Mills was going back to a police station to get equipment before responding to a non-emergency call when he struck Mr Haslett in October 2010, Bradford Crown Court heard.

He was asked by his barrister Sam Green if he had considered the potential risks of travelling to the scene at speed.

“Yes. I have to manage that,” he told the jury.

He said the rules for activating the blue lights and sirens were not ‘set in stone’ but he continually had to assess the situation and any potential hazards as he drove the patrol car.

Mr Green asked him if he expected a ‘young lad to run out very fast’.

“No,” he replied.

Mills, of Owlthorpe Rise, Mosborough, Sheffield, denies one charge of causing death by careless driving.

The trial continues.