Image copyright Ben Lack Image caption PC Hassan Ali, 44, was on foot when he was struck by a blue Vauxhall Corsa in Sheffield

A man has been cleared of killing an off-duty police officer who was hit by a vehicle while spanning a road.

PC Hassan Ali, 44, was killed in infirmary on 6 February 2015, a week after being hit by a gondola on Staniforth Road, Sheffield.

Waqas Khan, 23, of Balfour Road, Sheffield, was found not guilty of causing death by careless driving after a test at Sheffield Crown Court.

At the time of his death, Mr Ali was under investigation for his alleged role in the Rotherham abuse scandal.

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The jury at the three-day test was not told that Mr Ali was a police officer , nor that there was an Independent Police Complaints Commission( IPCC) investigation into his alleged connection to the Rotherham child sexual abuse investigation.

Driving in snow

Jurors were proven CCTV footage of Mr Khan’s Vaxuhall Corsa “drifting” across from the left-hand slope of the carriageway before stumbling Mr Ali at about 10:00 GMT on 28 January 2015.

The court was told Mr Khan had taken five attempts to pass his driving exam and would just like to had his licence for six months.

The 23 -year-old student said he had never driven in snowfall and “was being more cautious”, shortening his speed to 20 mph in a 30 mph neighbourhood, and impressed Mr Ali as he was facing right for a “few seconds” to check for traffic arising as a result of a junction.

Describing the impact, Mr Khan said: “I accompanied, when I make my attentions back on the road leading, it was realise contact. He was there in front of me.

“I applied my dampers on and just flung my opening open and ran out because I knew I had hit someone.”

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