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Berkshire cyclist died after pedestrian stepped out in front of him, finds inquest

Family question design of junction where collision took place

A Reading coroner has recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision after a cyclist lost his life following a collision with a man who walked out into the road in front of him.

Gloucester Live reports that Benjamin Pedley was cycling across the Three Tuns crossroads in Earley shortly before 7.30pm on Monday, March 20 when Nathan Kelsell stepped out in front of him.

Kelsell and his friend Billy Astill had been going to buy sweets at the Co-Op after having a drink at the Three Tuns pub.

Astill told the inquest at Reading Town Hall: “Nathan walked out into the road and I went to cross but saw a cyclist coming at some speed from Wokingham Road. But I couldn’t do anything, the cyclist collided with Nathan and they both went flying into the air.”

Collision investigator Kevin Spiller said Pedley was travelling at around 24mph. He could not say whether the nearby set of traffic lights were red or green when Pedley rode through them.

Pedley was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital, but died two days later as a result of a severe traumatic brain injury.

Police found working lights and brakes on his road bike after the crash. He had not been wearing a helmet, but Dr Christopher Kearns said that wearing one would probably not have saved his life such was the force of the collision.

Kelsell also sustained injuries and has no memory of the collision.

Andrew Pedley, Ben’s father, said there was “no safe pedestrian crossing from Parkers to the Co-op” and called for Wokingham Borough Council to review the junction.

Ben’s mother, Jacqui, emphasised that the council was not wholly responsible. “He was a keen and accomplished cyclist. If someone hadn’t stepped out into the road, the accident would never have happened. It was avoidable. He did not expect someone to boing out into the road without looking.”

A traffic management expert said there were “no obvious traffic management issues” but recommended that a “pedestrian controlled function” be installed outside the Co-op.

A Wokingham Borough Council traffic management engineer said that installing a pedestrian crossing on that section of Church Road “had not come under consideration," but added: “There is no reason why we can’t investigate this further.”

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