Fatal collision 12 January 2015 A40, Golden Valley, Gloucestershire

Last updated 20 September 2016
A40, Golden Valley, Gloucestershire (show full map)
Casualties David O'Connell, 42 (fatality)
Time of incident 8:00pm, 12 January 2015
Vehicles involved Pedal cycle, HGV (3.5t+)
Incident factors Dark, Wet road or raining, High winds, Hit from behind, Inability to stop in time
Police details Gloucestershire

David O’Connell was riding up the slip road to join the A40 towards Gloucester when he was struck from behind by a lorry whose driver had not seen him until shortly before impact. O’Connell “had earlier been seen to have red lights at the back of his bike and he was wearing a high visibility jacket”.

The driver said in a statement that he “was unable to take evasive action because of other vehicles in the outside lane,” while police collision investigator Sergeant David Parry said that “he would not have been expecting to see a cyclist travelling on that piece of dual carriageway.”

Coroner Katy Skerrett echoed Parry’s remarks in her summing up and recorded a verdict of death as the result of a road traffic accident.