Cyclist killed pensioner by crashing into him while doing 25mph along narrow country lane on dark and rainy night

  • Gwyn Lloyd Jones, 67, hit by 25-year-old Richard Eakins's bike
  • GPS device showed Mr Eakins had been riding at 25mph as he cycled home from work through Cilcennin, near Lampeter
  • Mr Jones was taken to hospital but had to wait 50 minutes to be admitted and died four days later
  • Coroner says there were 'significant breaches' in the Highway Code 

A pensioner died when he was struck by a cyclist doing 25mph along a poorly-lit country lane, an inquest heard. 

Gwyn Lloyd Jones, 67, died four days after his was knocked down by Richard Eakins's bike as he walked along the narrow road just yards from his home in Cilcennin, near Lampeter, Wales.

According to the GPS device on his bike, the cyclist, 25, was travelling at 25mph at the time of the collision on November 7, last year.

Cyclist Richard Eakins, 25, (pictured) struck pensioner Gwyn Lloyd Jones while travelling at 25mph along a poorly-lit country lane, an inquest heard. The 67-year-old died four days later

Cyclist Richard Eakins, 25, (pictured) struck pensioner Gwyn Lloyd Jones while travelling at 25mph along a poorly-lit country lane, an inquest heard. The 67-year-old died four days later

At an inquest into Mr Jones's death, Ceredigion coroner Peter Brunton issued a warning to other cyclists over the dangers of riding at high speed.

Police have confirmed that no charges would be brought against Mr Eakins, but Mr Brunton said there had been 'significant breaches' of the Highway Code and he had never come across a case like it. 

'There is no doubt that it was a substantial speed for a pushbike bearing in mind the atrocious conditions,' Mr Brunton told Aberystwyth Coroner's Court. 

Summing up the evidence and recording a verdict of misadventure, Mr Brunton said: 'I have never encountered a case like this before.

'This case highlights the dangers of bikes riding at high speed.'

The inquest was told the collision happened as Mr Eakins was cycling back to Ciliau Aeron after finishing work at Summit Cycles in Aberystwyth, at around 7.25pm. 

Mr Jones had been walking home from after having dinner at with his daughter, Cara Buswell, who lives nearby.  

Police have confirmed that no charges would be brought against Mr Eakins (pictured), but Mr Brunton said there had been 'significant breaches' of the Highway Code and he had never come across a case like it

Police have confirmed that no charges would be brought against Mr Eakins (pictured), but Mr Brunton said there had been 'significant breaches' of the Highway Code and he had never come across a case like it

He was left with 'excruciatingly painful and ultimately fatal injuries', the inquest heard.

The hearing was also told that despite his severe injuries, Mr Jones was then left waiting outside Bronglais Hospital in an ambulance for around 50 minutes as the A&E department was 'full'.

A post-mortem found Mr Jones died of two fractures to the left side of the skull and 'severe' chest injuries, including 11 fractured ribs.

GPS statistics from the bike showed Mr Eakins was travelling at 25.1mph on impact with Mr Jones.

The inquest was also told that the narrow lane was just 3.3m wide and had no footpaths - 'forcing pedestrians to be in the carriageway' - and that the area has 'poor' street lighting. 

The hearing was also told that despite his severe injuries, Mr Jones was then left waiting outside Bronglais Hospital (pictured) in an ambulance for around 50 minutes as the A&E department was 'full'

The hearing was also told that despite his severe injuries, Mr Jones was then left waiting outside Bronglais Hospital (pictured) in an ambulance for around 50 minutes as the A&E department was 'full'

It had also been raining heavily on that November evening.

The inquest heard that Mr Eakins had turned the bar-mounted headlight on the bike off after its battery was running down, but did have a bright headtorch that was 'fully working' and 'very bright'.

A collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian does not have to be reported. The crash was reported to police three days after the incident, but the inquest was told that this delay had compromised the investigation.

Mr Brunton said Mr Eakins 'should have been travelling at a reasonable speed for the conditions' and found that the the 'poor street lighting and the excessive speed for the circumstances' caused the collision.

'Had they [the breaches of the Highway Code] not occurred it could well have meant that the collision would not have occurred,' the coroner said.

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