Workman died after being hit by cyclist

Wakefield Coroner court sign
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A workman died from traumatic brain injuries after he was knocked over by a cyclist, an inquest has found.

Gas mains fitter Nevil Martin Shaw, 53, was working on Portbello Road on August 3 last year when he stepped backwards into the path of an oncoming cyclist.

The hearing was told that Mr Shaw was knocked to the ground and sustained a serious head injury.

The father-of-three was taken to Pinderfields Hospital but tests revealed the injury was so severe he could not be saved.

Mr Shaw, who lived in Dodworth, Barnsley, was pronounced dead at 1.09am on August 5.

Deputy Coroner Melanie Williamson said: “The deceased was working on site for Balfour Beatty Utilities Limited at Portobello Road, Wakefield.

“Mr Shaw was with a colleague discussing aspects of said works when he stepped backwards into the road and collided with a cyclist. He was knocked to the ground.”

After his death police launched an investigation and interviewed cyclist Andrew Billington but no criminal charges were brought against him.

The inquest jury reached a unanimous narrative verdict after the two-day hearing.

The foreman of the jury said: “From the evidence heard, the cyclist failed to take any appropriate actions while travelling up to the roadworks and travelling up to the collision.

“These actions were failing to slow down at traffic lights showing amber on passing, then accelerating through the lights rather than slowing down, and not braking or avoiding Mr Shaw.

“The actions of both parties resulted in the collision.”