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Tipper truck driver cleared of causing art designer's death

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Image caption Moira Gemmill was on her way to her new job as director of capital programmes at the Royal Collection Trust

The driver of a tipper truck which struck and killed a well known designer as she cycled to work has been cleared of causing death by careless driving.

James Kwatia, of Catford, south-east London, denied the charge and was found not guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Moira Gemmill, 55, was on her way to work at St James's Palace on 9 April 2015 when she was struck by the lorry near Lambeth Bridge, Westminster.

Paramedics tried to save her but she died at the scene.

Prosecutor Mark Gadsden alleged Mr Kwatia, 43, failed to use his mirrors properly and paid insufficient attention to cyclists as he reached the end of the bridge.

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Image caption James Kwatia was acquitted of causing death by careless driving

The jury had heard Mr Kwatia was too preoccupied with traffic on the roundabout to see her, running over her as he accelerated away.

Ms Gemmill, who had previously worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, had just started a new job at the Royal Collection Trust, working on projects at Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

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