NSW Police officer charged with manslaughter

The family of a young father killed in a police chase on the Central Coast of New South Wales say they are relieved that the officer involved has been charged.

Jack Roberts was 28 years old when he died in an April collision with a Blue Haven police vehicle.

When a cop tried to pull him over, he was riding a mountain bike without his lights on.

A pursuit reportedly ensued and led to the death of Roberts.

“Something went horribly wrong and we need to get answers to that,” Jack’s mum Cheryl told 7NEWS.

Sargent Matthew Kelly was arrested on Thursday for manslaughter and reckless and careless driving that caused death.

He had served for almost two decades in the police force and was described by coworkers as a “very professional, ethical and solid officer” prior to the charges being laid.

Kelly was given strict conditional bail on October 30 and will stand trial.

Rebecca Roberts, Jack’s sister, said Friday was his daughter’s birthday.

She said, “As a sister, you only have one brother.”

“You never stop thinking,” What happened?

The family says it is thankful to the police officers who are investigating the accident for their help.

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