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National Express driver cleared in death crash trial

A National Express coach driver has been cleared by a jury of causing the death of an 80-year-old pedestrian by careless driving in Hertfordshire.

Keith Brooke was crossing the A120 in Bishop's Stortford on 23 January when he was hit.

He was heading to a layby where his son-in-law was due to pick him to watch his grandson play rugby.

John Milloy, 57, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, had denied the charge at St Albans Crown Court.

The three-day trial, which ended on Wednesday, heard the coach was being driven at 62mph in a 50mph limit.

Mr Milloy, of Windsor Terrace, elected not to give evidence but had told police he could not take avoiding action because of an oncoming vehicle, the court heard.

A statement from a passenger said a man was seen running in front of the Stansted Airport-bound coach and the driver "did all he could to bring the coach to a stop".

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