Case Study

Cyclist killed in thick fog in St Austell

Incident date: 
Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Matthew Collings, 36, who had worked at the Eden Project for ten years, died from multiple injuries after a collision on Boscoppa Road on November 16, 2012.

The coroner recorded the cause of death as multiple injuries caused by a road traffic collision.

Nicola Glass, the driver of the car involved in the collision, told the court her visibility was reduced by rain and fog as she drove her two children to the school bus stop just before 7am.

“It was rainy and foggy and dark,” she said. “We were going along and my son shouted ‘look out’. It was about a second or two before we collided.”

Police forensic collision investigator PC Paul Frost said the rear light on Mr Collings’ bicycle may have been defective and investigators had not been able to locate a rear reflector on the bike or at the scene.

Mrs Glass and Antony Jenna, a motorist who had seen Mr Collings shortly before the collision, told the court they did not seen any lights on the bike.

The court was told that Mr Collings, a horticulturist, was wearing dark clothing and was not wearing any protective equipment when the collision took place.

“In my opinion, the head injuries could have been significantly reduced if Mr Collings was wearing a cycling helmet,” Mr Frost said.

Recording the cause of death as a road traffic collision, assistant coroner for Cornwall, Barrie Van Den Berg said the collision was “probably completely unavoidable in the circumstances”.

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