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Driver cleared of causing death by dangerous driving

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A MOTORIST who knocked down and killed a three year old boy has been found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Rebekah Le Gal (39) was driving a VW Transporter when she ran over Clinton Pringle outside the Millennium Town Park in June last year.

She is due to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

After the verdict was announced in the Royal Court the judge, Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, thanked Clinton's family for acting with 'dignity'.

Jurats Michael Liston and Jane Ronge took less than two hours to reach their verdict.

The Crown claimed Le Gal had been distracted after sending a text message to her son. She always denied that the text played any part in the accident.

She was released on bail until the sentencing hearing.

In a statement released after the verdicts were announced, the States police said: 'We note the decision of the court in this particular case.

'However we continue to remind all road users that using a mobile phone whilst driving is dangerous. The States of Jersey Police remain committed to ensuring, with partners, that our roads are as safe as they can be and will continue to target those drivers who use their mobile phones whilst driving.'

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