Tees

Middlesbrough Bus Station death driver guilty

Middlesbrough Bus Station
Image caption The bus was the last one of the evening from Middlesbrough to Darlington

A bus driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a man knocked down as he tried to get his vehicle to stop.

Paul Siddoway followed the bus as it pulled away from Middlesbrough Bus Station on the evening of 24 October 2011, banging on the door.

The 40-year-old, from Darlington, fell under its wheels and died at the scene.

Driver David Luck had denied causing death by dangerous driving, and was found guilty of the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court heard that Luck let three passengers onto the X66 Arriva Service before closing the doors on Mr Siddoway, who was smoking a cigarette and carrying his terrier, wrapped in a blanket, under his arm.

'Tragic circumstances'

It was the last service of the evening to Darlington, and the jury was told that Mr Siddoway "panicked" and ran after it, banging on the doors to try to get it to stop.

Judge John Walford said: "Mr Siddoway lost his life in the most tragic of circumstances.

"He had moved from the safety of the bus stand to just by the front nearside of the bus driven by Mr Luck at the very moment he turned the wheel in order to turn left."

Luck was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving, a move the judge said was "quite right" in his opinion.

Sentencing on the 59-year-old, of Bowes Court, Darlington, was delayed until a later date to allow pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

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