Student who died after alleged drug death crash was not using her mobile phone

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A Nottingham student who died after an alleged drug death crash was not using her mobile phone at the time, a jury heard.

Nottingham Trent University student Xizhu Miao, also known as Helen, had caught a bus to the area, Nottingham Crown Court has heard.

She is believed to have planned to meet with a friend at the University of Nottingham campus nearby.

CCTV footage showed she got on a bus in Beeston and travelled to the scene.

The student had been wearing a dark coat with light coloured lapels, blue denim jeans and brown boots, jurors heard on Tuesday (February 13).

Police near the scene

Police near the scene

She used her mobile phone on the bus and briefly when she got off at Lenton Hall bus stop, on the A52 Derby Road, Nottingham.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, told the jury "there was no evidence of mobile phone use after that time" and "certainly not at the actual time of the collision".

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White BMW 1 Series driver Kirsten Ellis allegedly collided with pedestrian Helen after 11pm.

The tragedy was on or very close to a pedestrian crossing near Wollaton Park and a cut through to the University of Nottingham campus

Ellis, 24, of Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, pleads not guilty to causing her death by careless driving whilst under the influence of cocaine on October 8, 2016.

Jurors have heard Ellis provided negative breath tests for alcohol.

But a blood sample - taken 21 hours and 20 minutes after the collision - showed she was over the drug drive limit for cocaine, jurors have heard.

The trial continues