Trucker Robert Bradbury guilty of causing Suzanna Bull's death in Pershore Road crash

A lorry driver has been convicted of killing a Birmingham doctor who was dragged under his lorry as she cycled on one of the city’s busiest roads. Robert Bradbury failed to see 32-year-old Suzanna Bull because his dashboard was cluttered with ornaments and objects. A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him guilty of a charge of causing death by careless driving but were unable to reach a verdict on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The prosecution have been given 14 days to decide whether to have the matter retried. Bradbury, 50, of Cambridge Way, Acocks Green, had denied the charges. The defendant had been driving a 32 tonne Skania HGV along Pershore Road towards Birmingham city centre at around 4.15pm on October 9, 2017.

Suzanna Bull, a doctor who was killed as she cycled at the junction of Edgbaston Road and Pershore Road in Edgbaston.

He passed Dr Bull, who worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and stopped when he reached the junction at Priory Road and stopped behind a van because the lights had turned red.

The doctor, who was in the designated cycle lane, caught up with him and went ahead when the lights changed to green. The cyclist, who was wearing bright pink clothing, intended to go on while the lorry driver intended to turn left. Michael Duck QC, prosecuting, said she was in a position where Bradbury should have seen her.

But he then turned left, hitting Dr Bull, who was dragged beneath the lorry and crushed.

Trucker Robert Bradbury guilty of causing Suzanna Bull's death in Pershore Road crashRobert Bradbury at Birmingham Crown Court.

Mr Duck said the defendant had a tray table on his dashboard and had put items on it including a cap, a fan, a satellite navigation system, trinkets and ornaments. This had restricted the view he had of his front windscreen. He said: “Had that table not been in that position there was a very good chance Bradbury would have seen Dr Bull.

“He was compromised and had compromised himself.” It was something Bradbury had done on a regular basis and had been warned about, the court heard. Bradbury told the court he had the table to be “one of the lads” but denied he had been warned at a previous routine inspection.

When asked whether he had been at fault for the accident, he said it was “six of one and half a dozen of the other”.

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