A Leicester cyclist, who died after colliding with a van, fell into the path of the vehicle after being hit by a taxi door opened by its passenger.
An inquest at Leicester Town Hall on Thursday heard that Sam Boulton had been struck by a taxi door that suddenly opened in front of him, reports the Leicester Mercury. He was then knocked into the Citroen Relay van.
The incident happened on July 27 – Boulton’s 26th birthday – outside Leicester railway station on London Road at 1.20pm. Boulton sustained severe injuries and was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he died later that day.
Police reported that a 50-year-old man was arrested after the incident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but was subsequently released on bail.
The police and the Crown Prosecution Service are currently deciding whether to charge anyone over Boulton’s death, before the inquest continues.
Boulton worked as a teacher in the Castle Rock High School. A group of around 80 cyclists from Critical Mass staged a demonstration outside Leicester railway station two days after the incident, highlighting the lack of cycling infrastructure in the area.
Detective constable Seamus Burns from Leicestershire Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said that police were appealing for witnesses to the incident.
“There were lots of people in the area at the time of the collision who may have seen what happened and will be able to help with our investigation,” said Burns.
“Did you see what happened? Did you see the collision? If you have not already spoken to us, please call 101, quoting incident number 277 of 27 July.”