Lorry driver guilty of killing doctor after 'lad's table tray' blocked his view

A lorry driver who knocked down a cyclist after his view was obscured by a dashboard tray-table he installed has been found guilty of killing her. Robert Bradbury, 50, stood trial accused of causing Dr Suzanna Bull’s death after the horrific crash. A court heard he installed a tray table on the HGV’s dashboard so he “could be one of the lads” .

It was filled with a sat-nav system, a fan, ornaments and other items. But objects on it prevented Mr Bradbury from seeing cyclist Dr Bull. And the doctor, who worked at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital, died at the scene on October 9, 2017.

Dr Suzanna Bull died at the scene in Edgbaston, Birmingham

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A jury today at Birmingham Crown Court found Bradbury guilty of causing death by careless driving, but were unable to reach a verdict on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

He could yet face retrial on the more serious charge. Dr Bull, 32, was wearing bright pink clothing and was in a designated cycle lane and was up to three-and-a-half metres in front of the Scania HGV before it struck her. She was dragged under the wheels of the 32-tonne lorry at a busy Birmingham junction near Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Lorry driver guilty of killing doctor after 'lad's table tray' blocked his viewThe 32-year-old died at the scene

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The Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital doctor had been cycling with her brother around 30 seconds before the collision at 4.15pm that day.

A jury of six men and six women today took a total of 13 hours to find Bradbury guilty of causing death by careless driving following his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Paul Farrer adjourned the case until October 28 to give the prosecution time to decide whether to hold a retrial on the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

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