British Firefighter Found Not Guilty in Fatal Apparatus Case

The jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the case I reported on earlier this week of Bedfordshire firefighter Robert Hulatt, charged with one count of causing a death by dangerous driving, and a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

Hulatt was driving an engine company to a house fire on September 11, 2009 when his truck collided with another vehicle in an intersection, killing a 52 year old man and injuring 10 others. Hulatt was found not guilty of both charges.

For more on the story, including a good account of Hulatt’s testimony, click here.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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    28mph through a red light/blind intersection?
    Wow… simply wow!

  • I know… good point.He dodged the criminal bullet, but I doubt he’ll dodge the civil suit.

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