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Trucker acquitted of causing death by careless driving (12/04/12)

A lorry driver has been cleared of running down and killing a former bank clerk.

Peter Wallace, 50, hit Rafal Kuzniar in his 7.5 tonne flatbed scaffolders’ truck as he drunkenly staggered across Victoria Embankment in central London.

Wallace’s passenger, Grant Pike, tried to raise the alarm after spotting Mr Kuzniar, a former bank worker, and shouted “stop” just moments before the collision.

But Mr Pike was forced to look on helplessly as Wallace, of Marshalls Drive, Romford, was unable to stop in time, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mr Kuzniar, who moved to Britain from Poland in search of work, was thrown several metres forward after the crash, on April 12 last year.

Paramedics tried in vain to save the former banker, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 4pm.

Prosecutors claimed Wallace was not paying sufficient attention to the road ahead of him.

But a jury of four women and eight men deliberated for three hours and fifteen minutes before yesterday acquitting the scaffolder of causing death by careless driving.

Wallace breathed a sigh of relief and appeared to be close to tears as the verdict was announced.

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