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Cyclist died after rush hour collision.

A CYCLIST died after he cut across the path of an articulated lorry during rush hour in Birmingham. Thirty-seven-year old Francis Hand, of Dormie Drive, Kings Norton, was left trapped under the vehicle which struck him at Dartmouth Circus on October 18, 2011.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe said Mr Hand, an experienced cyclist who was commuting home, had been in slow moving traffic.

She said he had been in the left hand lane while the lorry, driven by Andrew Vince, was in the middle lane, driving slowly. As traffic lights turned to green Mr Hand moved in front of a BMW, causing the driver to slow down.

"He appeared to have wanted to cross over in front of the lorry and at one point before that he was standing up on the bike trying to get up some speed.

The lorry driver did not see the cyclist at any stage. What happened was Mr Hand did collide with the front of the lorry and did, unfortunately, go under it."

Mr Vince said he was intending to get on to the ring road after coming off the A38. He said: "I accelerated slowly and heard a crunch which I assumed was a van trying to squeeze in on my near side."

When he stopped and got out of his cab he saw Mr Hand. The coroner recorded Mr Hand died as a result of an accident.
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Date:Feb 23, 2013
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