Death-crash case sets a legal precedent.
A security guard who crashed into the side of a car was cleared at Birmingham Crown Court of causing the motorist's death in a case which set a legal precedent.
A jury reached a unanimous verdict of not guilty on Mr Shaun Ore, aged 33, of Allerton Lane, Hateley Heath Hateley Heath is a residential area of West Bromwich in the West Midlands of England.
It was developed during the early 1950s to rehouse people from town centre slum clearences, with hundreds of new homes being built by the local council. , West Bromwich West Bromwich (brŭm`ĭj, –ĭch, brŏm`wĭch), city (1991 pop. 146,386), Sandwell metropolitan district, W central England. , who had denied causing the death of Mr Kenneth Stevens by dangerous driving.
Computer animation was used for the first time in a court in the UK to show a reconstruction of the fatal road accident in Portland Road, Edgbaston, on August 31 last year.
But the jury rejected the prosecution's version of the accident shown in the two-minute colour video.
Mr Ore, who was on mobile patrol for security firm Elite, based in Acocks Green, claimed he approached the junction with Gillott Road at 40mph.
He said he did not see Mr Stevens in a Triumph Herald car and when he hit it he put on the brakes.
The prosecution claimed Mr Ore, who was driving a Land Rover Defender The Land Rover Defender is a British four wheel drive Off-road utility vehicle. It is the product of continued development of the original utility Land Rover Series I launched in 1948. , was driving too fast at more than 57mph in a 30mph limit in wet conditions.
But Mr Robert Juckes, prosecuting, accepted Mr Stevens had been drinking and had been at fault over the accident by pulling out in front of Mr Ore.
The events leading up to the accident were recreated using new computer software, called Autodesk 3D Studio Max.
The two-minute sequence, developed by traffic officers in West Midlands Police West Midlands Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the metropolitan county of West Midlands in England.
It is the second largest in the United Kingdom after London's Metropolitan Police . It covers an area with nearly 2. , was designed to bring to life detailed drawings and crash scene photographs.
The officer who has spent six years developing the computer software and produced the video said he was not disappointed by the jury's decision.
Pc Mike Doyle said after the verdict: "The jury has come to a result and we respect that decision. We put evidence forward. Whether it is accepted or not is a matter for the jury.
"The 3D animation was accurate in as much as the information put into it was correct. The mathematics were spot on."