Cyclist hit by two cars was over limit

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A cyclist was nearly three times over the drink-drive limit when he was hit by two cars, an inquest heard.

Stephen Salt, 46, of Bare, Morecambe, suffered multiple head, chest and rib injuries after being knocked off his bike by one car into the path of a second.

He died at the scene on the A591 near Kendal.

The incident happened in thick fog and darkness close to Prizet Filling Station on February 12 last year.

Earlier, the postman drank at the Eagle and Child pub in Staveley before making his way home southbound along the dual carriageway.

Witnesses told how they saw Mr Salt riding in the middle of the road, close to the white lines, and how he swerved from one side of the carriageway to the other minutes before the collision.

Hayley Johnson, an off-duty Cumbria Police officer, was driving home to Lancaster after a shift in Kendal when her red Seat Ibiza struck Mr Salt at around 8.15pm.

She said: “I was in lane one and then there was a light in the centre of the road. My initial thoughts were it was a car with a light out or a motorbike.

“By the time I got closer I struck Mr Salt with my offside wing mirror and caused him to come off his bike.”

Seconds later, while lying in the road, he was run over by a green Skoda Fabia driven by a nurse from Dalton-in-Furness.

WPC Diane Bowman, of Cumbria Police’s Collision Investigation Unit told the inquest that Mr Salt was not wearing a helmet or any reflective clothing.

Verdict: Accidental death.