Police officer in court over pedestrian's death

A road traffic police officer will face trial today accused of causing death by careless driving.

Pedestrian Luke Bland, 20, was killed when off-duty Pc Stewart Chalmers' Lotus sports car hit him as he helped at the scene of an earlier crash, in which a Peugeot had left the road.

Mr Bland, of Lime Close, Uckfield, East Sussex, died at the scene after the incident on the A26 at Little Horsted, near Uckfield, just before 1.30am on February 14 last year.

Sussex Police road traffic officer Chalmers, 30, denied the charge when he appeared at a plea and case management hearing in April.

He is on bail and will face trial at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent from 2pm.