Policeman accused of causing death by careless driving

PC Rodney Craig Mills, 42, of South Yorkshire Police has appeared in Bradford Crown Court accused of causing the death of Jamie Haslett, 19, from the Isle of Man. Jamie Haslett was hit by a police car driven by PC Mills in October 2010, the Court was told. PC Mills denies causing death by careless driving.

The prosecution stated that the police car was traveling at 58mph in a 30mph zone without lights or sirens. Mr Haslett, a student at Sheffield Hallam University was three times over the drink driving limit and was walking back to his student accommodation when he was hit by the police car. PC Mills stopped to attend to him but he died at the scene, the Court heard. The trial continues.

Commenting on the story motoring solicitor Gary Adair said:

“Death by careless driving is a relatively new offence carrying a penalty of up to 12 months disqualification and/or 5 years in prison. In this case the prosecution will need to show that the standard of the officer’s driving departed from the standard of a reasonable prudent driver in all the circumstances of the case.

“There can be a wide range of factors which go in to determining if a motorist is driving carelessly at law it is therefore important that anyway accused of careless driving or dangerous driving seeks advice right away.”

If you have been accused of a road traffic offence in Northern Ireland Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors can provide you with advice and representation in for cases at the police station, or in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court. To contact one of our specialist criminal solicitors please call us on freephone 0800 8400549 or via email at criminal@wilson-nesbitt.co.uk.