April Reeves died after falling off bike, inquest heard
PUBLISHED: 14:14 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 21 October 2015
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, 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.”
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).