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Police inquiry into death of Ray Dare continues

91-year-old was killed while taking part in time trial in Buckinghamshire

An inquest into the death of Ray Dare, the 91-year-old killed while taking part in a time trial in Buckinghamshire, has heard that police investigations are ongoing. The BBC reports that Buckinghamshire's senior coroner adjourned the hearing for another pre-inquest review on January 16.

Dare was hit by a van from behind on the Aston Clinton by-pass on July 19. He was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene.

Dare, who was a member of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club for over 60 years, had been attempting to complete a 10-mile time trial in under 29 minutes and 43 seconds at the time of the collision.

He held eight national Veterans Time Trials Association records, including riding 50 miles in 2h52m01s at the age of 88.

Speaking in July, his friend John Beer said: "Ray died doing what he loved. He was hit on a straight flat open piece of road, he had two miles to go. We should all remember him for the truly amazing cyclist and husband and father he was."

Buckinghamshire coroner Crispin Butler said police investigations were ‘ongoing’ and added: "There is no indication that anyone has been charged with a homicidal offence and there has been no request to suspend the coronial investigations."

Earlier this year we reported that a petition had been launched seeking to ban cyclists from Buckinghamshire's dual carriageways in the wake of Dare’s death.

It attracted 642 signatories and Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transportation has since responded.

He stated: “At this stage of the Police investigation I can advise that the highway is not currently being considered as a contributing factor.”

After providing a breakdown of collisions involving cyclists according to road type, he concluded: “I am not aware of any national policies currently in place which prevent cyclists as individuals or cycling as part of a time trial from using the dual carriageway network.

“Any national policy to restrict cyclists from these roads would require a change of legislation and an amendment made to the Road Traffic Act. In Buckinghamshire I have no current plans to restrict cyclists from using the A41 or to reduce the speed limit.

“I am aware that the police investigation into the circumstances of the fatal collision is in progress and the County Council will await the outcome of the investigation prior to considering if any further action is to be taken.”

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