Swineshead cyclist died after being hit by van

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A CYCLIST on his way to work died after being knocked off his bike by a van.

A CYCLIST on his way to work died after being knocked off his bike by a van.

Keith Carr (60), of Coles Lane, Swineshead, suffered multiple injuries in the accident on the A17 at Swineshead on September 24.

At an inquest into the death on Friday coroner Maureen Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death.

In a written statement HGV driver Ian Whitehead said he was travelling along with two lorries ahead of him and one behind when two of the vehicles had to swerve violently to avoid a cyclist wearing dark clothing.

Mr Whitehead said: “I thought to myself ‘he should be wearing a yellow jacket or something’.”

It was shortly before the accident but there is no evidence that the cyclist was Mr Carr.

Giving evidence, Andrew Church said he was driving along the A17 when he saw a man in the road waving his arms.

He stopped and got out and the man said he had hit a cyclist.

Mr Church said: “The cyclist was face down on the verge.

“He was wearing dark clothes but I think he had a high vis vest on his backpack.”

Witness Alan Wood was on his way to work when he came across the accident.

He said: “As I overtook a lorry with his hazards on, I glanced left and saw two men and one lying on the verge.

“I knew Keith and thought it would be about the time he would be cycling to work so at the next roundabout I went back.

“Keith was on the verge. I spoke to him but there was no sign of life.”

Mr Wood said Mr Carr was wearing dark clothing and an orange reflective jacket was laid beside him.

He added: “He used to wear it on his backpack.”

PC Ian Ruddock, of Boston Police, was called to the scene at 6.30am.

He said: “Mr Carr was wearing an orange high vis vest which was cut off by paramedics.

“There was a flashing bike light on the verge and the back light had been smashed.”

The driver who hit Mr Carr, Christopher Law, said there were two cars coming towards him and he was dazzled by their lights.

He said: “I passed the lights and there was a big bang on the van.

“I thought ‘what the hell was that?’

“I stopped and got out and there was a body on the side of the road.

“He was wearing an orange vest and yellow trousers that were washed out and dirty.”

Recording her verdict, Miss Taylor said it appears that Mr Carr was wearing a high vis jacket but it was uncertain as to whether it was under his backpack.