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News: Cyclist dies after skidding into storm drain on biking holiday

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A cyclist died after skidding into a storm drain while on a biking holiday around the Far East.

Simon Keens died in March 19, several months after the incident that took place in Thailand.

It came after the 49-year-old had been riding his bike through Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

He was rushed to hospital in the Thai region of Fufing Phu Phing after he was discovered by another cyclist on the road.

 

An emergency team rushed the cyclist to hospital and he was immediately taken to its critical care unit, where he was put on life support.

Mr Keens was then flown home unconscious before being treated at Bassetlaw General Hospital in Worksop.

He was then taken to a care home for treatment in New Ollerton.

An inquest at Nottingham Coroners’ Court heard that he died as a result of breathing problems brought on by a brain injury.

Nottinghamshire Coroner Mairin Casey said the investigation into the cyclist death was nearly scuppered by the lack of details provided by Thai Police.

“Simon was found in a storm drain on a descent. No-one witnessed the incident and he was found by another cyclist,” said Miss Casey.

He was found to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, but he was unconscious.

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A Thai Police captain reported: “Foreigner riding a bicycle. Had an accident where a bike skidded onto the side of the road. Foreigner was injured, taken to hospital.”

It is believed that if the incident had taken place in the UK, the coroner said that police experts would have carried out an extensive enquiry.

“There would be a full forensic examination of the bicycle and of marks on the road to see if there was a vehicle involved,” said Miss Casey.

“In the UK, they would look at the location of the storm drain to see if there had been disturbance of vegetation and the matter would be referred to our office.”

She told the bereaved family: “There is no evidence to raise suspicions, it is overwhelmingly one of accidental death.

“There was no evidence that he was under the influence of any substance which would impair his judgment.”

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A UK medical report said that Mr Keens had suffered a skull fracture and a bleed to the brain stem. He was later treated at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

He began to have breathing problems and epileptic seizures brought on by the brain injury.

Mr Keens, from West Bridgford, died on March 19 and his family agreed to organ donations.

Miss Casey told the family: “Simon was enjoying life in the way he did, travelling on his adventures.

“I extend enormous sympathies to you in losing Simon, losing someone of that age, potentially still with so much life to enjoy.”

Her conclusion was accidental death.



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