Berinsfield cyclist died on A415 at Burcot after the cycle chain came off, inquest told

A CYCLIST was hit by a car when his bicycle chain came off on a dark country road, an inquest heard.

Father-of-one Jacob Joseph, 39, was dressed in dark clothes and had no lights on his cycle when an Audi A3 struck him on the A415 Abingdon Road at Burcot on March 25.

Mr Joseph, of Lodden Avenue, Berinsfield, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the inquest last Wednesday, his family called for better street lighting and urged cyclists to fix lights and reflectors to their cycles.

Eyewitness Andrew Rogers was outside the Chequers pub when he saw Mr Joseph cycling to work at The Close care home shortly before 9pm.

Mr Rogers told coroner Nicholas Gardiner: “He came to difficulty when halfway across the road and his chain came off.

“I remember thinking, ‘Mate, you need to get off the road. Put your foot down and start scooting or something.’”

Moments later, a car with dipped headlights and driven within the speed limit, struck Mr Joseph.

The driver, Gordon Nisbet, of Leach Road, Berinsfield, told the hearing he had seen no one in the road when the accident happened.

He said: “All of a sudden, I felt a thud coming from the right. The car swerved and I brought it to a halt.

“I didn’t know what caused it.

“I thought one of the kids had thrown a brick.”

He said he never broke the 30mph limit because he knew the road was dangerous.

Ruling Mr Joseph’s death an accident, Mr Gardiner said no one would ever know whether the cycle had broken down before the crash.

Mr Joseph, also known as Saji, came to Oxfordshire from Calicut, in India, in 2007 to join wife Molamma, who also worked at the care home.

The couple’s first child, daughter Dania, had her first birthday last month.

After the inquest, his brother Jojo Joseph, 34, from London, said: “The council definitely needs to make that road safe. There should be a pedestrian crossing or lights.

“There is a pub, and a lot of employees working at the care home that cross that road.”

He also urged other cyclists to take extra care and fix lights on their cycles, even when travelling short distances, and thanked friends and family for their support.

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12:30pm Thu 17 Sep 09

mac1989 says...

The police should be at fault here to they never give tickets to cyclists who don't have Lights & hi-viz clothing on when riding a bike it should be LAW that all bikes are fitted with lights before they leave the shop where ever they sell the bike's if your found to be riding without lights yout get £200 fine no matter what the excuse
The police should be at fault here to they never give tickets to cyclists who don't have Lights & hi-viz clothing on when riding a bike it should be LAW that all bikes are fitted with lights before they leave the shop where ever they sell the bike's if your found to be riding without lights yout get £200 fine no matter what the excuse mac1989

12:41pm Thu 17 Sep 09

wallingford1 says...

"There should be a pedestrian crossing or lights."

Why? A cyclist shouldnt be using a pedestrian crossing...and he should have had lights on at the very least. It's no one elses fault other than his own. Maybe others should take notice!!
"There should be a pedestrian crossing or lights." Why? A cyclist shouldnt be using a pedestrian crossing...and he should have had lights on at the very least. It's no one elses fault other than his own. Maybe others should take notice!! wallingford1

10:08pm Thu 17 Sep 09

Englishman says...

Only tonight teenagers were charging about our estate with no lights on their bikes. A regular occurence. Parents obviously don't give a **** so why on earth do the police not issue on the spot fines. It would be nice to know how many cyclists have been prosecuted for this offence in the last twelve months. Also why dont newsagents take some responsibility and ensure that lights are fitted to the cycles of those they employ on paper rounds
Only tonight teenagers were charging about our estate with no lights on their bikes. A regular occurence. Parents obviously don't give a **** so why on earth do the police not issue on the spot fines. It would be nice to know how many cyclists have been prosecuted for this offence in the last twelve months. Also why dont newsagents take some responsibility and ensure that lights are fitted to the cycles of those they employ on paper rounds Englishman

11:26am Fri 18 Sep 09

AngelB says...

I bet the poor car driver involved has suffered from the shock of the collision and the financial implications of insurance claims etc. It's about time cyclists were required to insure themselves to use public roads. And yes police should start fining them for having no lights and for all the other offences they commit. The problem is that cyclists and cycles aren't registered like cars and drivers are so they can flout red lights and other laws with complete impunity, and they know it!
I bet the poor car driver involved has suffered from the shock of the collision and the financial implications of insurance claims etc. It's about time cyclists were required to insure themselves to use public roads. And yes police should start fining them for having no lights and for all the other offences they commit. The problem is that cyclists and cycles aren't registered like cars and drivers are so they can flout red lights and other laws with complete impunity, and they know it! AngelB

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