A Brighouse businessman died as a result of an accident, a coroner has concluded.
Cyclist Trevor Lever was travelling along the A58 Godley Lane, Halifax, when he came off his bike on November 29 last year. He was travelling with four other cyclists and despite efforts to save him, he suffered severe traumatic brain injuries and died on the afternoon of November 30 in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Halifax Coroners Court heard how Mr Lever, of Bailiff Bridge, had been at the Festival of Lights celebration in Mytholmroyd.
All four cyclists who were with Mr Lever recall how on their way back home they made their way over Burdock Way and on to Godley Lane. The 70-year-old was near the back of the pack with Paul Geldard about 20 yards behind him.
“As I recall I was just passing the grates (two manholes covers just past the petrol station) as I heard something like a scrapping on the road. As I went down I saw Trevor was in front of me and he was falling off,” he said.
Mr Geldard managed to stop a short distance from him. “I remember putting his bike against the fence and trying to slow cars down,” he said.
Richard Herd was cycling in front of Mr Lever and stopped after hearing a shout from one of the other members. Mr Herd is first aid trained and managed to turn Mr Lever’s head slightly and loosen his clothing around the neck. “I was content with the fact that he breathing,” he said. A car of youths also stopped and called for an ambulance along with off duty police office Sergeant Phil Haigh and a van which helped to stop traffic.