Jury told to acquit lorry driver over Bristol pedestrian death

Jake Thompson Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Jake Thompson died five days after he was struck by the lorry on the A37

A jury has been directed to acquit a lorry driver accused of causing death by careless driving.

Jake Thompson, 27, died from severe head injuries five days after he was struck by a lorry driven by Paul Vowles at a pedestrian crossing on the A37 in May 2011.

The trial at Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Thompson stepped into the path of Mr Vowles' vehicle as the lights changed.

A witness said Mr Vowles had swerved to avoid him.

The not guilty instruction followed an application by the defence at the close of the prosecution case.

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