Cyclist died in collision with car
Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 15:21
AN elderly cyclist died after hitting a stationary car, an inquest has heard.
Kenneth Atkins, aged 73, died after receiving fatal injuries on June 23, after colliding with a blue Honda in Saron Road, Capel Hendre.
An inquest at Llanelli Town Hall heard it was thought that the cyclist from Waterloo Road, lost control around a bend which resulted in the collision.
Robert Hugh Lewis who was in the stationary car with his wife, gave evidence at the hearing.
He said they were on their way to Prince Philip Hospital because his wife had an X ray appointment.
He said: "I parked to go into the post office."
It was 10.35am at the time, and before he went to get out he helped his wife with her mobile phone.
Mr Lewis said: "We did not see anyone come coming towards us.
"As I went to open the car door, a crunching noise happened.
"The first I knew was when I saw the cyclist between the door and myself."
Police Constable Michael John who is a collision investigator attended the scene.
He said the blue mountain bike was not in its in best condition but was functional and road worthy.
Deputy coroner Pauline Mainwaring said: "It appeared some type of rider error was responsible.
"I find the verdict to be accidental death."