Cyclist died after failing to spot parked tractor

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A cyclist died after he rode into a parked tractor which he did not spot, an inquest has heard.

The inquest into the death of the 43-year-old heard how despite the best efforts of an off-duty nurse and paramedics from the air ambulance on June 16, Paul Dye's injuries were so severe he could not be saved.

He died two days later at Addenbroke's Hospital.

Christopher Banham had been hauling manure for Wroxham Home Farm and finished for the day, parking his tractor on the verge of the road in order to lock the gates to a nearby field.

Putting his hazard warning lights on, he had no idea Mr Dye had struck the back of his trailer. Two passing motorists, Christopher Rogers and India Mills, confirmed seeing flashing warning lights from the tractor, adding Mr Dye did not look up in time to see what was coming.

Mr Rogers said: 'As I approached I could see this cyclist in front of me. I decided there wasn't enough room or time for me to overtake, so I held back, and that's when the collision happened.'

He added the tractor was around 'one third' on the road, and Mr Dye's 'head was down the whole way'.

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Ms Mills added in a statement Mr Dye had been wearing a helmet but 'pedalling quite fast', estimating around 20mph.

'I could see the cyclist with his head down,' she said. 'It looked like he was riding in line with the white line on the road.

'I thought to myself, 'I hope he looks up and sees the tractor'.

'Immediately prior to the impact he did not brake or take any evasive action.'

Assistant coroner for Norfolk, David Osborne, recorded a conclusion of road traffic collision. 'It is clear that the trailer was visible and displaying warning lights,' he said.

'Despite the tragic consequences of the collision, Mr Dye was able to be an organ donor.'

After the hearing, his wife, Claire, described Mr Dye as 'a wonderful husband, dad, brother and friend'.

Five people have been helped by his organ donation.

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