HGV driver cleared of causing death of Hartlepool pensioner in A66 smash

An HGV driver who was charged with causing the death of a Hartlepool man has been cleared by a jury. Raymond Parkinson, 77, died in a crash on the A66 close to the Fox Hall Inn, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, on November 26, 2017. He was driving a black Nissan Qashqai when it was in collision with a white Renault Premium HGV truck, and a silver Seat Ibiza at about 3.30pm.

The air ambulance was called and the A66 was closed in both directions for more than 90 minutes after the tragedy.

Catalin Aurel Nicolae, of Westwood Crescent, Hamilton, in Scotland, who was said to be driving the truck was arrested and eventually charged with causing death by careless driving in 2019.

He denied the charge and, at a trial earlier this year at York Crown Court, the 36-year-old was found not guilty by a jury.