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by Mark Zalewski
December 7, 2016
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A coroner ruled a cyclist caused her own death due to listening to music with headphones and failing to hear an oncoming truck.
Emily Norton, 38, entered a roundabout without looking right at the same time as a DAF HGV truck was exiting the roundabout. The mother-of-one, who is thought to have been listening to music with headphones, could not avoid a collision around 7.40am in Yorkshire, on 23 June.
“I accept this was an entirely avoidable incident and the cause of the events that lead up to the accident rest entirely with the cyclist,” said coroner Paul Marks. “No charges have been brought against the HGV driver and he has been totally exonerated. I cannot determine if she was on her iPhone listening with earphones at the time, but if she had been, it could have caused a distraction and could have contributed to the cause of the accident.”
“She would cycle most days before work and was competent and knew the local area. She would listen to music and have a cycle app,” her brother Hans Hargroves said. “I cannot understand why she did not wear her helmet that day. We later found it in the house.”
Headphones are banned in competitive events in the UK but not otherwise illegal.
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