Corby cyclist’s death was tragic accident

Floral tributes at the scene of the accident last year
Floral tributes at the scene of the accident last year

A young cyclist’s death in Corby when he collided with a car was a tragic accident, an inquest has heard.

Gary Kirk, from Woodlands Avenue, was 21 years old when he died in July last year.

The inquest was told that Mr Kirk, a keen cyclist, was travelling down Elizabeth Street when he tried to negotiate a mini-roundabout at the junction with Cottingham Road at about 9pm.

However, he was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra being driven by Corby man Gary Deathridge.

Mr Kirk suffered a fatal laceration to his right lung.

The inquest heard from witnesses who saw Mr Kirk cycling down Elizabeth Street at speed.

Giving evidence, Mr Deathridge said he entered the mini-roundabout and had travelled about one and-a-half metres when he became aware of movement from his left.

He added: “I instinctively swerved to the right. I braked but did not have time to react.”

Police investigator PC Brian Johnson said in his opinion Mr Kirk had approached the roundabout and had “either not seen or appreciated the Astra” or that he may have been distracted.

Coroner Anne Pember returned a verdict of accidental death. She added: “Mr Kirk failed to give way at the roundabout.

“There was nothing Mr Deathridge could have done.”

After the inquest, in Kettering on Thursday, February 19, a member of Mr Kirk’s family thanked the emergency services.