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Cyclist died after hitting tree
3:24pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Headlines
AN experienced cyclist enjoying a leisurely outing with a friend near Ringwood died when he was thrown into a tree after losing control of his bike, an inquest heard.
Cyril CawteCawte, from North Baddesley, was flung over the handlebars of his racing bike and into a tree, causing severe head injuries that killed him at the scene.
Southampton's Coroner Court ruled it was a “tragic accident” that claimed the life of the 69-year-old, and that there was no evidence to suggest there was any underlying medical condition that triggered the crash.
The hearing was told Mr CawtCawte had met his friend of 30 years Barrington Day at 8am on the morning of May 5 for a ride through the forest – a two-hour route they had both cycled before.
Mr Day told police they had been chatting as they cycled and had been riding for about ten miles when the accident happened, as they took a right-hand downhill bend along Forest Road in Nomansland.
An investigation of the scene by police found no other vehicle was involved and that some loose gravel on the road had caused Mr CawteCawte to lose control of his bike.
Due to his experience, he was able to stay in the saddle, but his front wheel went into an upcoming ditch, which threw him over the handlebars and into a tree.
A post mortem carried out by Dr Brain Green revealed Mr CawteCawte suffered “extensive” skull fractures and more significantly, multiple fractures to the structures at the base of the brain.
He ruled out any medical episode triggering the accident and also told the hearing that although a helmet “may have helped” he did not know if it would have saved Mr Cawte’s life.
Deputy Coroner Gordon Denson said it was a “tragic accident” and gave a verdict of accidental death.
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