Cyclist who campaigned for safer roads killed by car in New Forest

Roshina Jowaheer
 Cyclist who campaigned for safer roads killed by car in New Forest
Cyclist who campaigned for safer roads killed by car in New Forest

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A cyclist who dedicated his life to campaigning for safer roads was tragically killed in the New Forest in May when a car knocked him off his bike.

The Sun reports that an inquest into his death heard how Mark Brummell, a former university lecturer from Southampton, was a fanatical cyclist who had spent 10 years battling for better rights for bike riders.

The 53-year-old was hit by a Renault Scenic at a crossroad during an evening bike ride after work.

Dilys Gartside, a fellow member of the Southampton Cycling Campaign, said: 'Mark campaigned tirelessly for safer cycling conditions in the city and for changes to the law on a national level.

'His death is a tragedy but he has died doing what he loved and would not have wanted to have died any other way.'

Driver Stephen Chard, 59, of Dorset, was banned from driving for a year after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

In a statement read to the court, Brummell's brother Nic insisted he felt no anger towards Chard as he believes he made a 'genuine mistake'.

'I'm a cyclist myself and I know how, with no malice, it is easy for human error to cause something so serious,' he said.

'I feel this man [Chard] would not have meant to hurt or kill my brother and just made an error. I don't feel anger towards him.'

Coroner Keith Wiseman recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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