A lorry driver has been found not guilty of causing the death of a woman.

Jordan Devine, 29, went on trial accused of causing the death of 60-year-old Sheila Duffy by careless driving.

On Thursday, a jury found him not guilty.

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Manchester Crown Court heard that Mr Devine, who was working as a driver for Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, had been turning into one of the company's depots when the collision occurred.

Ms Duffy was walking on the pavement and was struck as she crossed the entrance to the depot.

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Prosecutors alleged he 'wholly failed to notice' Ms Duffy.

Mr Devine said Ms Duffy walked in front of his lorry, and that she was in his blind spot.

Jurors were told Mr Devine said the cause of the collision was not 'through his failure to accommodate her, but her failure to realise that his lorry was moving and turning into the yard, causing her to walk out in front of it'.

He was driving 10 metre long lorry as part of his work, on August 6, 2019.

Mr Devine, of Marlborough Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, had started work at 7.20am and arrived at the Rochdale depot on Milnrow Road at about 11am.

She was hit then run over by the lorry, as Mr Devine turned left into the depot.

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Ms Duffy suffered serious injuries and died on August 20.

When interviewed by police, Mr Devine said he hadn't seen Ms Duffy before the collision, and said she 'must have been in his blind spot'.

Jurors were told that toxicology results showed there was evidence of amphetamine and cannabis in Ms Duffy's system.

Following a trial, jurors found Mr Devine not guilty and he was discharged from the dock.

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