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'Danger' pedals led to fatal fall

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Post & Times reporter

'Danger' pedals led to fatal fall
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A CYCLIST was crushed by a van after getting his foot stuck in a clip-in pedal – just days after buying the bike to go on holiday.

Holidaymaker Neil Blood died from chest injuries after falling from his bike and being run over by a Ford transit van in Jersey, an inquest found.

The 42-year-old, the managing director of Etruria-based Olympus Engineering who was visiting Jersey with his family from Stoke-On-Trent, lost his balance and was unable to release himself from the cleated pedals before he fell to the side and under the passing van.

He was cycling with his cousin in the island's capital St Helier when the accident happened. The father-of-three, from Endon, was treated at the scene but died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Deputy Viscount Advocate Mark Harris described the incident as "a tragic accident" and said that he would write to cycling company Shimano, which manufactures the pedals, to "bring this verdict to their attention".

During the inquest Mr Blood's father, Geoff Blood, described cleated pedals as "dangerous" and said he asked his son not to use them before he left for Jersey.

He said: "What happens with those cleats is you can't pull your foot in and out.

"You have to do a motion and when Neil or anybody is involved in an accident you don't think logically.

"Your brain becomes a bit scrambled and to get your foot out of cleats you have got to think clearly."

Mr Blood had only bought his bicycle the week before his holiday and had not used cleated pedals before his trip.

He was not wearing a cycle helmet at the time of the accident, which happened on July 31 last year.

However, Home Office pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffrey said that she did not believe this played a role in Mr Blood's death because the injuries to his chest were "extremely severe".

There was also no evidence to suggest that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

And the inquest heard that the van driver could not have done anything to prevent the accident.

Mr Blood arrived in Jersey on July 25 and was staying at Rozel Campsite with his family.

In a statement, Wendy Blood said that she met Mr Blood when she was 16 and that it was love at first sight.

She described her husband as "an amazing man" who was very family orientated, clever and was extremely giving.

Mr Blood founded Olympus Engineering in 2000,

He was well-known for his involvement with Burslem's Swan Bank Methodist Church.

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