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Crash cyclist had no lights on his bike
8:42am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local
A STOURPORT cyclist riding at night without a helmet or lights was killed after suffering severe brain injuries when his bike strayed into the path of an oncoming car, an inquest heard.
Lee Stead was riding along Tan Lane when he “shot straight out”into Vernon Road – less than a mile away from his Park Crescent home – in front of a Renault Scénic.
The inquest at Stourport was told how the 24-year-old, whose bike had reflectors, landed on the car bonnet and windscreen before hitting the pavement, leaving him with serious head injuries.
He died at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on May 14 – three days after the accident – of severe traumatic brain injury.
Samantha Roberts, who was driving the Renault, told the court how she “slammed” on the brakes when she suddenly spotted Mr Stead at about 10.30pm.
She was driving home from a 60th birthday party at Stourport Cricket Club with her 10- year-old daughter, doing 25mph along the 30mph Vernon Road, the inquest heard.
Mrs Roberts, who fought back tears as she recalled the tragic accident, said: “I was driving along Vernon Road and I was on the junction [of Tan Lane] when out of the corner of my eye I saw this figure in black and all I could make out were arms going really fast and I said ‘Jesus Christ’.
“I slammed on my brakes but there was a Transit van on the right hand side and cars parked on the left so I had nowhere to go.”
The teaching assistant said before she knew it, Mr Stead had hit her bonnet and windscreen and landed on the pavement, adding she was left “hysterical” at the sight of him lying in the road.
She added her husband Lloyd, a deputy headteacher, who was travelling in another car behind her, administered first aid before the ambulance arrived.
A statement by PC David Reece, who was called to the scene, said neither Mr Stead or Mrs Roberts would have been able to see each other.
Worcestershire Coroner Geraint Williams recorded a verdict of accidental death.
He said: “Mr Stead was riding his bike on Tan Lane when he crossed the road in front of a car.”
Mr Stead’s organs were donated after his death and have been used.