Patrick McDonough, 59, died on October 4 while descending Buttertubs Pass, an inquest heard

An inquest has heard that a cyclist died while riding down Buttertubs Pass after possibly trying to make an emergency stop to avoid an animal in October 2015.

The inquest was told that grandfather Patrick McDonough, 59, was descending the 526m summit at around 34mph, with a mark made by his shoe on the road suggesting he had tried to stop in a hurry.

Traffic Constable Steve Kirkbright said that no other vehicles were involved and said the crash could have been a result of a dog, hare or sheep walking out onto the road. The cyclist was reportedly wearing a helmet and a fluorescent shirt and was riding in good conditions.

Mr McDonough, from Acklam, Middlesbrough, was found 200m from the summit by a passing motorist and died the following night of his head injuries at James Cook University Hospital, according to the Northern Echo.

The coroner concluded that Mr McDonough’s death had been an accident.

  • BLMac

    I’d never dream of doing that on a thread with a tragedy like this one.

  • NitroFan

    I was going to ask you the same question!

  • BLMac

    Are you trolling?

    When protection doesn’t work, it’s a relevant fact.

  • NitroFan

    In what way?

  • BLMac

    It’s relevant that he was wearing a helmet and died of head injuries…

  • Mark

    Because if it wasn’t in the article, everyone would be wondering if he was wearing a helmet, and considering the man died from a head injury; it seems to me like it’s just basic reporting. Maybe you’re just fishing for an argument?

  • NitroFan

    whether you start it or not or if it is in the article is irrelevant, Its clear you wish to take the opportunity this mans death presented you to get involved in the helmet debate. Quite why it upsets so many when we all have the freedom to choose if we wear a helmet or not frankly astonishes me.

  • Paul Jakma

    I have a policy of never starting a helmet debate. However, if others insist on having one (or alluding to it), then it’s fair game. Again, why on earth do articles on cyclist deaths even mention helmets or lack of?

  • richardremlap

    He died pursuing a noble sport, RIP Mr McDonough. The rest of us might think about security devices that send SOS alerts upon sudden falls or the Holvding helmet.

  • dougles

    ” instead of focusing on the clothing/helmet aspect of the report.”

    Be mentioning it, you’re drawing focus to it and away from the tragic loss.

  • NitroFan

    Other than as a statement of fact I cannot answer that, but taking advantage of a piece about a fellow cyclists death to “prove” their point strikes me as tasteless and somewhat juvenile.

  • Paul Jakma

    No. So why is it in the article?

  • NitroFan

    A man died, is this really an appropriate moment to trot out the anti helmet hi/viz schtick………is it?

  • Alex

    Sad, what a place to go though ……….. RIP.

    Regarding the cause of his death my money is a on a sheep that crossed the road whilst using it’s mobile phone, blah, blah, blah, bah, bah, bah.

    I wonder whether he had disc or rim brakes on his bike?

  • Paul Jakma

    I think the helmet must be a reference to risk compensation. Clearly, the implication is that had he not been wearing a helmet, he might have felt more vulnerable and gone a bit slower down the descent. Thus, he would have had more time to react to whatever it was that caused him to crash, and so may have avoided the crash; or, if he still had not avoided the crash, the lower speed would have reduced his injuries and he may well have survied.

    The message clearly is to take off your helmets, avoid risk compensation, go slower down descents, and be safer.

  • davidmack

    A sensible remark to support the passing of a cyclist who, using inference was a competent cyclist, instead of focusing on the clothing/helmet aspect of the report. A stunning and beautiful place to enjoy cycling – I’m sure Pat pass on with happiness in his heart doing something he loved.

  • Two Wheels

    No, its to head off those
    who would claim that had he been wearing something different his life would have been saved – when in fact we have no idea one way or another.

  • Paulghaines

    I had the privilege of working with Pat for a number of years. A more knowledgeable and nicer person you will not find. Pat’s death was a tragic loss to his family and his friends. One of my friends is planning a group ride in Pat’s memory in June on the north Yorks moors. RIP Pat. As an aside we now seek to ride in a group wherever possible now.

  • Hans Kohls

    I did read it as the police concluded in the good conditions any motorist would have seen the cyclist and would not have been a danger – hence it must have been an animal.

    I’d like to understand why the police seem so sure no vehicle was involved in the incident.

  • Phil Gale

    Maybe without the flouro top, he wouldnt have been found by the passing motorist is the relevant point to his clothing?

  • nosliwtrauts

    What’s the relevance of his clothing? Why is it only cyclists who get described in this way when there’s an accident. It is truly bizarre. What colour socks was he wearing? Did he have bib shorts or tights? No mention of gloves? Was he literally just wearing a hat and a flouro top?

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I don’t that’s being implied at all. Surely it’s useful for people to see that protective equipment is never a guarantee of safety.

  • Dangerdave

    Why is it relevant that he was wearing a helmet and a hi-vis vest? If not, would he have been entirely culpable and deserving of no sympathy??

    Shame on this reporting.