Bus driver cleared in court can keep his job

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A BUS driver cleared of causing a crash that killed a cyclist will not lose his job.

As reported in The News, Peter Levesque was found not guilty of causing death by careless driving after 55-year-old Judith Hitchings was killed.

Ms Hitchings died of head injuries after being knocked off her bike in Pier Road, Southsea, on July 17, last year.

She was not wearing a cycle helmet at the time.

Mr Levesque, 54, of Rothwell Close, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, was cleared after a four-day trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Stagecoach spokesman Andrew Dyer said: ‘If the court had taken his licence away then we would have had to dismiss him because he wouldn’t have been able to do his job.

‘As he was found not guilty he will continue to work as he has done in recent months.’

My Dyer said a disciplinary investigation was carried out at the time of the accident and action was taken.

He added: ‘Mr Levesque wasn’t taken out of his job. He is very genuinely remorseful.’