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Cyclist killed after failing to see parked car, inquest hears

Collision investigator says Colin Marron's view may have been obscured by baseball cap he was wearing...

A coroner’s inquest has been told that a cyclist in York died after he failed to see a parked car until it was too late to avoid crashing into it.

PC Paddy Green, collision investigator with North Yorkshire Police, told the inquest into Colin Marron’s death that the cyclist’s view may have been obscured due to the baseball cap he was wearing, reports York Press.

CCTV showed Mr Marron trying to swerve away from the BMW parked on Holgate Road when he was a metre away from it but he was unable to avoid crashing into the rear windscreen.

The 51-year-old was thrown to the ground, with witnesses to the crash, which happened on Sunday 7 April, saying that while he was dazed, he could talk although his condition then worsened.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he died the following day due to a serious head injury.

Entering a conclusion of accidental death, Coroner Richard Watson described the incident as “tragic and very unusual,” and said that Mr Marron had been riding “perfectly normally.”

The coroner noted that the bike’s drop handlebars could cause riders to look down instead of up, and that Mr Marron “failed to observe the parked vehicle until it was too close to avoid a collision.”

Previously, Mr Marron had been referred to a neurologist by his GP due to concerns that he may have suffered from seizure in the past, but the coroner said that his swerve to try and avoid the parked car meant it was unlikely he had suffered one before the crash.

A cycle lane ended 12.5 metres ahead of a residents’ parking bay where the BMW was parked, and highways officers investigated whether that might have been a factor in the crash, but the coroner concluded it did not constitute an extra hazard.

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