Pc charged over student’s death

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A SOUTH Yorkshire police officer has been summonsed to court to face a charge of causing death by careless driving following the death of a Sheffield student.

Jamie Haslett, aged 19, died after being involved in a road smash on Broad Lane near Sheffield city centre.

Jamie was struck by a patrol car at 3.45am on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation.

Today an IPCC spokesman said PC Rodney Craig Mills, aged 41, who is based at South Yorkshire Police headquarters in Snig Hill, will face the charge when he appears before Bradford Magistrates’ Court on July 15.

Mr Haslett was originally from the Isle of Man but was studying at Sheffield Hallam University when he died.

He was in the second year of his BSc in Sport and Business Management.

After his death dozens of floral tributes appeared at the scene of the incident, opposite the Broad Lane junction with Mappin Street.

Jamie, described as a keen sportsman, played football for Laxey FC on the Isle of Man.

The South Yorkshire Police vehicle was responding to a request by an ambulance crew for assistance with a separate matter.