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Army major cleared of causing fatal B390 crash

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Image caption Major Richard Scott was found not guilty of causing death by careless driving at Salisbury Crown Court

An Army major who was involved in a crash which killed another man has been cleared of causing death by careless driving.

Maj Richard Scott, 40, was accused of driving at speeds of up to 95mph (153km/h) in bad weather before the smash on a B-road in Wiltshire.

Gareth Hicks, 24, suffered fatal injuries when the van he was asleep in was hit by Mr Scott's Audi A6.

Maj Scott was found not guilty at Salisbury Crown Court.

It had been alleged the defendant, from Green Lane in Shepperton, Surrey, had crossed the carriageway of the 60mph-limit B390 in Shrewton near Amesbury.

He denied the charge and suggested it was Mr Reed, from Bath, who had crossed the carriageway, causing the collision on 6 October 2014.

Following the jury's verdict, Judge Andrew Barnett told Mr Scott: "You can leave the dock with no further stain on your character."

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