Sunderland lorry driver faces retrial over cyclist’s death

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A SUNDERLAND lorry driver accused of killing a cyclist is facing a retrial.

Paul Dove, 54, of Aldwych Square, Farringdon, denied causing the death by his careless driving of cyclist Christopher Griffiths in a trial at Teesside Crown Court last month.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict after hearing three days of evidence.

Judge Peter Bowers discharged the jury after the panel had deliberated for more than five hours. Prosecutors have decided to try the case again, after consulting with the family of Mr Griffiths.

The second trial is expected to last four days and will begin on Monday, September 23.

The first trial heard that Dove was driving a Mercedes Actros lorry when it collided with Mr Griffiths, who was cycling on the A19, near Billingham. The accident happened on January 23, last year, at about 7am.

Mr Griffiths, 50, from Wynyard, had been legally cycling on a metre-wide stretch of asphalt beside the rumble strip on the road’s lefthand side.