AN AMBULANCE driver has admitted causing a death crash that killed a pedestrian while he was responding to a call-out.

Angus McCullock, of Main Road, Long Hanborough, had initially denied one count of causing death by dangerous driving and his trial was due to start next month.

In a last minute change of heart at Oxford Crown Court yesterday the 23-year-old pleaded guilty to an alternative count of causing death by careless driving.

After the plea had been entered prosecutor Richard Milne said that the Crown Prosecution Service accepted those pleas and would not pursue a trial.

He said that because the incident took place while 'part of his duties as an ambulance driver' as well as an 'emotive' letter on behalf of the victim's brother there was 'no public interest' in a trial.

READ AGAIN: A report from his first plea hearing earlier this year.

Presiding Judge Maria Lamb agreed to adjourn the sentencing hearing while a pre-sentence report is prepared by the National Probation Service.

She warned that an adjournment was no indication as to the likely sentence.

He was released on bail to await sentencing at the same court on November 15.

That hearing is expected to take two hours.

At an earlier hearing it was revealed that McCullock was the driver of a white Mercedes Sprinter S19 ambulance together with one woman passenger on August 10 last year.

He was responding to an emergency call when he struck a pedestrian at a crossing in Abingdon.

Adrian Hesford was hit as a result of the incident which took place at a pedestrian crossing on the A415 Stratton Way.

The 64-year old from Abingdon was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital after the crash but later died of his injuries.