A jury has cleared Mr Jones of his friend’s death after returning a verdict of not guilty.

Joel Jones, now 24, was accused after the death of Jack McKenzie, 18, in a crash in Herefordshire in 2010. In 2012 police notified Mr Jones he would not be charged, however, his mother, Fiona McKenzie, successfully appealed the initial Crown Prosecution Service decision. Mr Jones and Mr McKenzie were in a Vauxhall Corsa when the car was involved in a collision with a seven-tonne hay baler being pulled by a tractor, Hereford Crown Court heard. 

It had been alleged that Mr Jones struck the hay baler’s wheel because he was driving too far to the right of the road during the crash near Peterchurch, Herefordshire, on 3 September 2010. 

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The prosecution said he was driving at “more speed” than was appropriate but was not exceeding the speed limit. 

Hereford Crown Court heard this week that the headlights of the tractor were very bright and that the baler was slightly wider than the tractor.

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