Driver ‘blinded by the sun’ acquitted of causing cyclist’s death

Sam Burrows was temporarily blinded by the sun when he hit 73-year-old Colin Crowther in Ipswich last year

A driver who hit an elderly cyclist when he was blinded by the sun has been cleared of causing death by careless driving.

Sam Burrows, 29, hit 73-year-old Colin Crowther on the Old London Road, Ipswich, on January 16, 2014 when the sun reflected off the road and temporarily blinded him.

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The Ipswich Star reports Mr Burrows had lowered his sun visor as a precaution and had his foot over the brake pedal in case he needed to brake.

“All of a sudden without warning I was blinded by the sun. It was a mixture of glare coming off the road and my bonnet,” Burrows said in court.

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His barrister Stephen Rose asked if there was anything he could have done to avoid the collision. Burrows said: “I’m really sorry about the outcome, but I 
honestly don’t think there was anything I could have done to avoid it.”

Mr Crowther’s family paid tribute to his thoughtful and considerate nature: “His sudden absence from the community will be sorely felt, particularly by his two granddaughters who idolised their ‘Grandpop’.”

Mr Burrows was unanimously acquitted by the jury at Ipswich Crown Court after a three-day trial.