Death of Lincoln cyclist prompts road safety warning
Road users are being urged to think about safety following an inquest into the death of a cyclist in Lincoln.
Matthew Tuffin, 28, was hit by a marked police car at 36mph on a pedestrian crossing in Carholme Road, near the junction of Gresham Street, just after 10pm on March 27, last year.
The car was responding to a 999 call.
Mr Tuffin, of Hewson Road, later died of severe head injuries at Lincoln County Hospital.
He had been drinking and may have been listening to music on an MP3 player, the inquest in Lincoln heard.
Deputy Coroner Richard Marshall recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Witnesses said Mr Tuffin was wearing dark clothing and did not have any lights working on his bike.
Speaking after the hearing, John Siddle, spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: "We extend our sympathies to Matthew's family.
"Everybody has a responsibility, whatever vehicle they are operating, to make sure that they are visible, and they should be aware of the consequences arising out of that."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission concluded there was no evidence to suggest that PC Richard Johnson's manner of driving fell below the required standard, meaning there is no case to answer in respect of misconduct.
Vehicles had green light priority at the crossing at the time of the incident.
The police car had its blue lights on throughout, but due to a fault with the black box recorder, it was not possible to determine categorically that the siren was activated at the time of the collision.
Mr Tuffin was riding his bicycle on the pavement and then turned right across the road at the crossing.