Police in Lincolnshire are exploring the theory that a pothole led to the death of a cyclist who died from injuries sustained when he was thrown from his bike earlier this month near Market Rasen, reports BBC News.
Christian Brown, aged 40 and membership secretary of LincsQuad, the Lincolnshire Quadrathlon Club, was riding with a group of cyclists when the incident happened on Tuesday 12 February.
He was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary but died on Monday 18 February from the head injuries he had received in the incident near Ash Grove Farm on the A631 at North Willingham.
"The possibility the incident was caused by a pothole will be investigated, along with other potential causes," said a Lincolnshire Police spokesman.
The police confirmed that they had contacted Lincolnshire Country Council about the condition of the road, with Sergeant Ady Wootton saying: “In general the road is in a reasonable condition but there are aspects of the road we are not satisfied with."
The council’s head of highways, Alan Aistrup, said that no report of a pothole in the area concerned had been received up to 12 February, and that the council was co-operating with police.
CTC’s Fill That Hole website and app enables potholes to be reported easily to the relevant authorities so that appropriate action can be taken.
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