Jury told to acquit lorry driver over Bristol pedestrian death
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.