Jury fails to reach verdict in Sunderland lorry driver A19 cyclist death case

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A SUNDERLAND lorry driver faces an anxious wait to discover if he faces a retrial for killing a cyclist after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Paul Dove, 54, of Aldwych Square, Farringdon, denies causing the death of Christopher Griffiths by careless driving on the A19, near Billingham.

A jury at Teesside Crown Court was discharged after deliberating for five hours and 17 minutes after the foreman said there was no possibility of reaching a verdict.

During three days of evidence, the court heard there was no dispute Dove was at the wheel of the Mercedes lorry which crashed into Mr Griffiths, 50, but he insisted his driving was careful.

Prosecutor Paul Cleasby said the Crown would need 14 days to decide if there is to be a retrial, with Dove released on unconditional bail by Judge Peter Bowers.