Jury told to acquit lorry driver over Bristol pedestrian death

Jake Thompson 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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