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Driver of death dustcart is fined

Anne Smith
Anne Smith died in hospital after the refuse lorry ran over her

The driver of a dustcart which ran over a grandmother, causing fatal injuries, has been fined 2,500 for driving without due care and attention.

Colin Bullard, 38, of Southall Avenue, Brighton, was cleared by a jury at Hove Crown Court of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Anne Smith, from Brighton, died after being run over by the reversing refuse lorry in Cranbourne Street in 2007.

Bullard also received nine points on his licence and has to pay 500 costs.

He had denied causing death by dangerous driving and the jury was directed that, if it accepted his plea, it could find him guilty of the lesser charge.

Ms Smith, 61, suffered multiple injuries and died in hospital shortly after being run over early in the morning of 5 March.

She was walking to work at a care centre along the pedestrianised street when the Team Waste Southern Ltd refuse lorry being driven by Bullard reversed over her.

Colin Bullard
Colin Bullard denied causing death by dangerous driving

Following sentencing, Ms Smith's daughter Amanda Hoxha said it was a comforting result for her family.

"Throughout the entire investigation, all I have wanted was recognition that this was not purely an accident and there was someone at fault," she said.

"This has been proven today."

Sgt Peter Verney said: "I hope this tragedy will serve as a reminder of the risks posed when operating such vehicles.

"In the last three years 30% of collisions resulting in death or serious injury within Sussex have involved people driving in the course of their employment.

"This is unacceptable and Sussex Road Policing Unit are committed to reducing this figure."

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