The inquest into the death of a pedestrian hit by a cyclist in Derbyshire has been adjourned after the cyclist questioned the police’s calculation of his speed. A forensic collision investigator said that Craig Bond had been riding at 38mph in a 30mph zone when he hit 79-year-old John Beach when the latter stepped into the road to cross.
The Derbyshire Times reports that Beach died in hospital on April 18, two days after he was hit.
Bond and his friend James Holmes had been cycling on Nottingham Road, Ripley, at around 5pm when the collision took place.
"He stepped out in front of me,” said Bond. “He came out of nowhere. I couldn't have done anything to prevent it."
Holmes, who was travelling in front, said he saw Beach emerge from in front of a stationary car.
“The pedestrian came out with his head down,” he said. "I shouted to him 'watch out'.
"I managed to avoid him and Craig attempted to go around the pedestrian but he continued to walk into Craig's path. Craig tried his best to avoid him."
The man who had been in the car at the time said Beach, “had his head down and at no point did I see him look.”
PC Lee Simpson, a forensic collision investigator with Derbyshire Constabulary, analysed CCTV footage and calculated that Bond had been travelling at an average speed of 38mph.
The speed limit on the road is 30mph.
"I can't believe that – it's got to be incorrect,” said Bond. "I can't imagine doing 38mph on my push bike."
Holmes estimated that the two cyclists had been travelling at about 20mph.
Bond's wife said Strava indicated his speed 'at the point of impact was 18mph'.
Coroner Sarah Huntbach adjourned the inquest to allow police to carry out further investigations.