The tragic final moments of a three-year-old boy have been revealed in heartbreaking CCTV footage.
Toddler Jaiden Morgan was hit by a lorry driven by Dean Phoenix who had been sarcastically clapping a fellow motorist seconds before the fatal collison.
Phoenix admitted he made a mistake by failing to see a red light at the crossing to allow three-year-old Jaiden Mangan and his family walk across.
The 44-year-old pulled away without seeing them and collided with Jaiden, who suffered fatal chest and abdominal injuries.
This week Phoenix was on trial for causing death by dangerous driving, having previously admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving.
On Thursday he was found not guilty of the more serious charge following a two day trial at Bournemouth Crown Court, Dorset.
The court heard Phoenix had been distracted at the time because he was 'sarcastically clapping' another motorist just as he drove off.
Dashcam from a taxi approaching the crossing caught him swearing and gesticulating towards the driver.
On hearing the verdict Jaiden's distraught parents, James Mangan and Yasmin Dougan, broke down in tears and stormed out of court.
Phoenix, from Chineham, Hants, will be sentenced today for the careless driving charge and was remanded into custody.
Jaiden was knocked down on the pedestrian crossing in Wareham, Dorset, on March 29 last year – the day before his fourth birthday.
The court heard Phoenix had become frustrated after an elderly motorist illegally parked his car on the zig zag lines on the crossing, blocking the lorry's path.
Phoenix was then caught on a dashcam gesticulating at another driver on the opposite side of the road he mistakenly thought had stopped to let him through a very tight gap.
In fact the car had stopped for the red light at the crossing.
Phoenix started to drive around the illegally parked Vauxhall Astra car which is when he hit Jaiden.
Phoenix told the jury: "I wasn't expecting anyone to be on the crossing.
"I couldn't see the traffic lights, I thought they were still green. I hadn't seen anyone approach the lights or push the button.
"All my concentration was on looking ahead at the situation and moving forward so I could free up the traffic.
"It was an accident, I made a mistake, that's why I pleaded guilty to careless driving.
"I never wanted to be in that position. I just went to work that morning, I didn't go to hurt anyone.
"I came across that situation and moved forward when I shouldn't have done."
Asked by Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, about his hand gestures and clapping, Phoenix said: "I was frustrated."
After the verdict Inspector Joe Pardey, of Dorset Police, said: "It's a tragic case and it shows the importance for drivers to be fully aware of their surroundings, no matter what they are confronted with.
"Mr Phoenix placed his vehicle on a pedestrian crossing, not being able to see the lights and not being able to observe the potential hazards that faced him.
"The lack of a few checks that would have been obvious to a competent and careful driver led to the death of Jaiden.
"Mr Phoenix has admitted some responsibility in the death of Jaiden and no sentence is ever going to replace his life.
"I'd like to praise the initial members of the public and emergency services who attended and made the very best efforts they could to save Jaiden's life.
"Our thoughts are with the family and I hope this will bring them one step of closure in this tragic incident."
Last year Graham Booker, the Astra driver, admitted charges of driving without due care and attention and causing a vehicle to stop within the limits of a puffin crossing.
The 71-year-old was fined £265 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified from driving for three months
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