No blame for driver in tragic death of cyclist

AN EXPERIENCED cyclist died after pulling out in front of a car, an inquest has heard.

Michael O’Leary, 72, was pulling out of the junction of Syke Lane and Keighley Road on his bike when he collided with a Peugeot 206.

Mr O’Leary suffered serious brain injuries in the accident on April 21, 2010.

The inquest, held at Halifax Town Hall, heard from police officers at the scene and the Major Collision Inquiry Team.

They said that the female driver of the Peugeot had been travelling at 37mph – well within the speed limit on Keighley Road of 50mph.

They said there was nothing she could have done to avoid the collision.

Mr O’Leary was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but died on August 18, 2010.

Coroner, Professor Paul Parks, said: “Mr O’Leary may have been suffering from partial seizures leading up to his death.

“It was a tragic accident and we may never know the reason why he pulled out.”

He returned a verdict that Michael O’Leary had died as a result of an accident.