OAP dies after crashing electric bike into a fence

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A pensioner died after crashing his electric pedal bike into a fence and sustaining head injuries after falling to the ground in Hilton.

Rodney Kirkland, 77, collided with a fence post at the junction of Marston Lane and Derby Road on June 14.

He fell off his bike and cracked his head on the pavement, causing an acute subdural haemorrhage – a blood clot in the brain.

He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but died in hospital four days later.

Rodney Kirkland, 77, died after falling from his bike at the junction of Marston Lane and Derby Road, Hilton

Rodney Kirkland, 77, died after falling from his bike at the junction of Marston Lane and Derby Road, Hilton

Derby and Derbyshire Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Kirkland, of Fairfield Avenue, Rolleston-on-Dove, was not wearing a helmet prior to the crash.

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Deputy coroner Louise Pinder ruled that his cause of death was an accident.

She said he “is likely to have had an acute medical episode immediately prior to falling from his pedal cycle”.

No defects were found with the bike, she said.