Kate Vanloo, 52, was hit by a car after a pothole caused her to crash - a pothole that was scheduled to be fixed before Christmas

A 52-year-old cyclist died on January 3 after hitting a pothole that reportedly should have been filled in before Christmas.

Kate Vanloo was thrown into the path of a car after hitting the pothole on a country lane in Warwickshire – a road that was scheduled to be resurfaced in December.

The work was reportedly postponed after a request by a farm selling Christmas trees on Holt Lane, near Southam. The hole was reportedly then filled in within 48-hours of Mrs Vanloo’s death.

“Road closure signs went up last month, but then nothing happened,” Neil Adkins, owner of a local campsite, told the Daily Mail.

“The incident was just a tragic accident. If it wasn’t for the pothole the lady would never have come off the bike, as I understand it. The car driver wasn’t to blame.”

Phil Scott, member of the same Rugby Triathlon Club that the mother-of-three belonged to, added: “Potholes are a major problem all over the country.

“Even though we are in a time of austerity, they need to be tackled. I don’t think that many motorists realise that if a cyclist moved out into the road they are not being difficult. They may well be trying to avoid a pothole.”

Mrs Vanloo was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, while the driver of the car – a woman in her 60s – was treated at the scene for shock.

“While we are all trying to come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful mother, sister, daughter and friend we are mindful that Kate died doing something that she truly loved and was her passion,” Mrs Vanloo’s family said in a statement.

  • Kevin Balaam

    Technically, approaching from the opposite direction is called “meeting”. “Passing” is the description used when travelling in the same direction.

  • Ananke

    Potholes are not always visible, especially in this weather when they are often covered in water. Country lanes have become a bit of a menace to cyclists with dangerous potholes such as these, gravel traps not being cleared to the point you have mounds 2-3 inches high, overhanging branches, fallen trees not cleared for days, and ridiculous national speed limits on narrow roads with blind corners.

  • Morocco

    It was a narrow country lane. Are you suggesting that all motorised vehicles should stop when seeing a cyclist coming the opposite way to let them pass??

  • Morocco

    Cyclists have a duty to themselves to follow the highway code. The pothole was stationary and highly visible. The cyclist should have seen it in plenty of time to take appropriate avoiding action including being aware of other vehicles, signalling, braking, stuff like that. To either take sudden avoiding action or to ride straight into the pothole is the cause of this accident, both of which could have been avoided only by the cyclist. Potholes do not cause accidents, road-users reactions to potholes cause accidents.

  • Doba

    The car was coming in the *opposite* direction. I know, I live in the village. Many many people have been affected by this, not least Kate’s family, including three young sons. Please show some sympathy, rather than jumping to conclusions. This is a tragic series of events.

  • Doba

    The car was coming in the *opposite* direction. I know, I live in the village. Many many people have been affected by this, not least Kate’s family, including three sons. Please show some sympathy, rather than jumping to conclusions.

  • Stevo

    The article says nothing about overtaking. Do you know something that is not mentioned here, or are you speculating?

  • Jwiffle

    It doesn’t say how much space the driver was giving the cyclist. It’s possible that the accident would have happened if she was giving the cyclist plenty of room. Say even 8 feet, which would be more than enough to make most cyclists comfortable with the space being given: cyclist hits pot hole, bars turn, bike travels 2-3 feet in to the lane, then the crash. 5-6 foot cyclist falls forward off bike. Cyclist’s head, and even upper body are now in front of the car. Unfortunate, but not a driver’s fault in such a scenario.

  • Tim packer

    David traxler.. Are you really sure it was the car drivers fault.. If the lady in question fell in to the road after hitting the pothole the car driver wouldn’t of hit her!!! It was a terrible accident but you can’t just say ” oh well IT must Be drivers fault”

  • David Traxler

    Neil Adkins saying, “The car driver wasn’t to blame.” Shows how wrong the thinking is for the majority of the UK population. The driver was to blame for not giving enough space while overtaking. If the driver had given ‘at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car’ maybe there wouldn’t even be a story to report.