Shrewsbury cyclist killed 'after veering into road’

A cyclist was killed when his bike veered into the path of an oncoming car on a busy road near Shrewsbury.

The A458 at Ford. Photo: Google StreetView.
The A458 at Ford. Photo: Google StreetView.

Christiano Malvone, a 47-year-old cook, had already been involved in an accident with another car on the evening of November 14 when he was in collision with a Mini Countryman being driven towards Welshpool.

An inquest held at Shrewsbury’s Shirehall heard yesterday that the father of one, who lived in Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury, had been drinking in the hours before his crash and had also taken cannabis.

He had 210mg of alcohol in his blood. The legal limit for driving is 80mg.

The hearing was told Mr Malvone had been travelling along the A458 near to the village of Ford and had been seen riding along the pavement.

But according to the driver of the car he had suddenly come into the path of the vehicle and had been unable to correct the direction of his bike.

Pc Tom Simmons told Mr John Ellery, senior coroner for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin: “It is clear that the collision occurred as the Mini was being driven eastbound towards Shrewsbury.

“The pedal cycle had been on the footpath and there was minimal damage to the cycle.

“It was the front side of the Mini which had been in collision with the cyclist.

“The pedal cycle had deviated from its course into the verge.

“It is clear that the rider tried to regain the route and had ridden in to the carriageway and in to the path of the oncoming Mini.

“The driver of the Mini had no time to avoid the cyclist.

“Mr Malvone had consumed alcohol and used cannabis which may have impaired his ability to properly ride the cycle.”

The driver of the Mini had had little time to react to the collision and, once he had hit Mr Malvone, had tried to find him on the carriageway, underneath the vehicle and on the verge.

A post mortem was carried out and the cause of death was given as multiple injuries.

Mr Ellery gave a conclusion that Mr Malvone died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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