Alan Carroll cleared over pedestrian death

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A lorry driver has been cleared of causing the death of a pedestrian in Newcastle.

Richard Jones, 72 and of Wall Terrace in Walker, died in hospital after he was hit by the vehicle as he crossed The Fossway in Walker in July.

Alan Carroll, 50, of Wallsend, was on trial accused of causing death by careless driving, a charge he denied.

The judge at Newcastle Crown Court told the jury to return a not guilty verdict on grounds of insufficient evidence.

The court was told that Mr Carroll did not have time to brake.

The judge said that it was not a case the prosecution could sustain because evidence from the only witness contradicted CCTV footage.

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