Suffolk

Shane Lay death: Bungay 'hit-and-run' death accused cleared

Andrew Saunders, right
Image caption Andrew Saunders (right) denied causing death by careless driving

A driver accused of killing a man who had been drinking heavily in a hit-and-run has been cleared of causing death by careless driving.

Shane Lay, 42, was walking his dog in Bungay, Suffolk, at 01:40 BST on 13 May 2016 when he fell into the road and was killed by Andrew Saunders's car.

At Ipswich Crown Court, Mr Saunders, 50, of Swan Close, Halesworth, denied causing death by careless driving.

He was cleared of the charge by a jury on Thursday.

Speaking after the verdict, Mr Saunders told the BBC he had "regrets" about what happened and does "apologise [to Mr Lay's family] for everything they've gone through".

"At the time I didn't actually know what happened and I'm just sorry for what happened," he said.

"I genuinely didn't know that Mr Lay was laying in the road at the time."

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Image caption Shane Lay died after he was hit by a car on 13 May 2016

During the trial, prosecutor David Wilson said Mr Lay had been drinking heavily and had fallen into the road on the night he was struck.

The court heard Mr Saunders had been driving his Nissan Qashqai to work in Norwich at the time and later told police he thought he had hit a rabbit.

Mr Lay, from Broome, Norfolk, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but died from multiple injuries.

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