Case Study

Debris in road caused cyclist's death

Incident date: 
Fri, 3 Aug 2012

Scott Crawford’s bike hit a rock in the road that had been left by workmen, the tyre received two punctures and was crushed and he was thrown from the bike.

Scott suffered skull and rib fractures which led to internal injuries to his brain, right lung, liver and spleen. He died at the scene after paramedics attempted resuscitation.

Speaking at the inquest in Hatfield, John Spears, a forensic collision investigator, said: “The road was very small and windy, and overhanging foliage caused a lot of darkness and there were large pieces of flint and rock on the road surface.”

PC Robert Hauxwell, from the serious collision unit, said: “No one saw Mr Crawford come off his bike. He was found by a man who lives near the lane, who saw a red flashing bicycle light and then realised there was a man lying on his back.

“Another neighbour said the water board had been working nearby the night before. The workmen had gone but there were stones all over the walkway.

“The people I spoke to all felt the stones were a factor and they felt guilty for not moving them away. They were most likely from a contractor’s lorry.”

In August, the Watford Observer reported how Mr Crawford had been due to marry his partner of nine years, Iona, the following month.

Coroner Edward Thomas recorded accidental death and said: “Some lorries have to use these narrow roads and their tyres rub up against the bank leaving debris behind.

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