Monday, February 18, 2013

Cycling Death Fatality Bike Fall @ 42.9Mph 44 y.o Male Charity Ride Daily Mail


44 y.o Father-of-three crashed and died on charity bike ride

 'when fly flew in his eye'


A coroner ruled that an insect going into his eye 

was a ‘plausible explanation’ for the tragic accident.


"Gary was wearing a helmet but not a pair of protective glasses 

to keep insects out of his eyes".


"...riding his £700 bike...with five friends
when he crashed to the ground at 42.9 mph."

Father-of-three crashed and died on charity bike ride

 'when fly flew in his eye'


By JESSICA SATHERLEY
Gary Brierley, 44, was on a 100-mile bike ride when he had the accident
Gary Brierley, 44, was on a 100-mile bike ride when he had the accident
A father-of-three was killed in a freak accident on a charity cycle run and a fly going into his eye may have been to blame, an inquest yesterday.
Gary Brierley, 44, was on a 100-mile bike ride through a mountain pass when he suddenly wobbled and fell at 40mph.
A coroner ruled that an insect going into his eye was a ‘plausible explanation’ for the tragic accident.
Accountant Gary, of Shrewsbury, West Midlands, was riding his £700 bike through Snowdonia, North Wales, with five friends when he crashed to the ground at 42.9 mph.
The inquest heard the five were practising for a marathon charity cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End.
Gary was wearing a helmet but not a pair of protective glasses to keep insects out of his eyes.
He suffered serious head injuries and died four days later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Cardiff Coroner Mary Hassell said: ‘Gary was very fit and a very experienced and good cyclist.
‘He was going fast but that was not unusual for him because he was very experienced, fit and was used to it.
Charity cycle: Gary Brierley was riding through a mountain pass in Snowdonia, North Wales, (pictured) when he had the accident
Charity cycle: Gary Brierley was riding through a mountain pass in Snowdonia, North Wales, (pictured) when he had the accident
‘But something made him wobble.
‘There was no animal or pot hole or debris and nothing the collision investigator could find.
‘If you were going 40 miles per hour a tiny insect in your eye could cause you to wobble, that could be a very plausible explanation.’
Gary left his wife Sue and three children Jack, 12, Laura, ten, and George, eight.
His wife Sue said her husband, who worked as an accountant for Shropshire Council, was a ‘fantastic dad’.
Gary suffered serious head injuries and died four days later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff
Gary suffered serious head injuries and died four days later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff
The couple celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary just a week before his death in May.
She said: ‘Gary was dependable, reliable and he was always early for everything.
‘He was a family man. He was quiet, unassuming and a fantastic dad.’
Gary was being sponsored for the charity bike ride to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
His family agreed for his organs to be used for transplant operations after his death


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