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Ambulance driver cleared after hitting man on crossing

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An East of England ambulance driver has been cleared of causing death by careless driving after hitting a man on a pedestrian crossing in Essex.

A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court took less than an hour to find Faye Parson, 41, not guilty of causing the death of 77-year-old dentist Michael Daly by careless driving.

The ambulance had its blue lights on and was responding to an urgent call when she pulled into the wrong lane to overtake a queue of traffic in Danbury near Chelmsford in February 2016.

Michael Daly, 77, died in hospital four months after being hit by the ambulance.

The passenger-side wing mirror of the ambulance hit Mr Daly and he was flung into a black van in queuing traffic, the court heard.

He suffered severe brain injuries and was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, London by air ambulance.

His life support machine was switched off four months later on 3 June 2016 after he contracted the MRSA superbug and suffered a cardiac arrest.

In a statement following the court case, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said that responding to emergency calls and driving under emergency conditions is extremely challenging.

The Trust said that all patient-facing staff receive advanced driver training.

"As an ambulance service we are here to help save and improve peoples’ lives so this has been a tragic case for all involved.

"We are pleased for Faye of the outcome of this case. This has understandably been a very difficult time for Faye and we will continue to support her over the coming months.

"Our thoughts remain with Dr Daly's family through what has been, and still is, a very traumatic time."

– East of England Ambulance Service