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Lorry driver who fitted a dashboard tray to be 'one of the lads' found guilty of killing cyclist by careless driving

32-year-old Suzanna Bull died from 'catastrophic' injuries at the scene of the crash on Pershore Road Credit: BPM Media

A lorry driver has been found guilty of killing a hospital doctor by careless driving, after a dashboard tray-table he fitted to be 'one of the lads' blocked his view of the road.

32-year-old Birmingham Children's Hospital doctor Suzanna Bull died from 'catastrophic' injuries at the scene of the collision on Pershore Road, Edgbaston, on October 9 2017.

50-year-old Robert Bradbury from Acocks Green said he hadn't been advised the tray-table, which held items including ornaments, trinkets and a fan, posed a viewing obstruction during a routine inspection months earlier.

Dr Suzanna Bull grew up in Farnsfield in Nottinghamshire and graduated from the University of Birmingham Credit: BPM Media

The jury was told Bradbury had been driving his 32 tonne Skania HGV along Pershore Road towards Birmingham city centre at around 4.15pm on the day of the tragedy.

He reached the junction with Priory Road and stopped behind a van because the lights had turned red.

Dr Bull had been out on a bicycle ride with her brother and that she had been travelling in the same direction and she also stopped at the lights in the designated cycle lane.

She intended to go straight on while Bradbury intended to turn left.

The prosecution said the lorry then started moving and caught up with her within a short period of time and then turned left.

She was dragged under the lorry and was crushed, pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene of the collision on Pershore Road in Edgbaston. Credit: ITV Central

The jury failed to come to a verdict on another charge of death by dangerous driving. The prosecution have now been granted 14 days to decide whether or not to seek a retrial on that charge.