April Reeves died after falling off bike, inquest heard

PUBLISHED: 14:14 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 21 October 2015

April Reeves in her school uniform.

April Reeves in her school uniform.

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SEVEN-YEAR-OLD April Reeves died after she lost control of her bike and fell into the path of a car, an inquest heard this morning (Wednesday).

April Reeves at home.April Reeves at home.

April, of Varsity Way in Locking Parklands, was out cycling with her mother and 10-year-old brother on May 28 when she struggled to change gear and toppled into the road.

Her parents, Garry and Wendy, have vowed to fight for a safer cycle path along the 60mph A371 between RAF Locking and the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare.

During the inquest, held at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court, collision investigator PC Julian Chambers said: “April either collided with the bike, the road or the car – or a combination of the three – to sustain the injuries.

“The driver would not have been able to stop and there’s nothing he could have done to avoid colliding with April.”

April Reeves during a day at home with mum, Wendy.April Reeves during a day at home with mum, Wendy.

Doctors say she would almost certainly have died instantly.

The driver of the car, Peter Farmer, said he heard a sound on the left side of his car as he passed April on her bike and instinctively swerved away from the sound.

After April’s death, hundreds of people attended a campaign walk in a bid to get better road safety measures.

Mr Reeves spoke briefly after the inquest and said: “I just want the road changed – if there had been a grass verge she would have fallen onto that.

“We have been told the council are going to do something but there is no timeline for it. I always though prevention was better than cure.”

For a full write-up of the inquest hearing, pick up a copy of the Weston Mercury tomorrow (Thursday).


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