Fatal collision 23 June 2016 Thorpe Road, Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire

Last updated 6 December 2016
At roundabout, Thorpe Road, Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire (show full map)
Casualties Emily Norton, 38 (fatality)
Time of incident 7:40am, 23 June 2016
Vehicles involved Pedal cycle, HGV (3.5t+)
Incident factors None known
Police details Humberside, incident 81

An inquest held in December 2016 heard that Emily Norton fell when she entered a roundabout at the same time as an HGV was leaving it (presumably at the immediately subsequent exit); she is thought to have reacted late to the HGV and fallen without colliding with it. She struck her head, fracturing her skull and injuring her spinal cord.

Coroner Paul Marks noted that it was “likely Ms Norton panicked and applied her brakes,” also noting that the front brake was defective due to the cable being too short, and that she may have relied excessively on the rear brake thus inducing a loss of control.

The coroner also noted that an iPod and earphones were found at the scene, and remarked in his conclusion that “I cannot determine if she was on her iPhone listening with earphone at the time, but if she had been, it could have caused a distraction and could have contributed to the cause of the accident.” (The Telegraph ambitiously translated this quadruply-qualified statement to the unequivocal headline “Cycling with headphones kills mother as coroner says she caused her own death”.)

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.