Inquest hears how former Cumbrian woman was knocked off her bike and died in France (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Inquest hears how former Cumbrian woman was knocked off her bike and died in France
4:21pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A FORMER Cumbrian resident was knocked off her bike and killed in France after a driver took his eyes off the road to focus on his radio.
Coroner for South and East Cumbria Ian Smith recorded that Gillian Mckrill, 54, died in a road traffic collision.
The accident happened in the Lozere region of France, where Mrs McKrill lived with her husband Paul, on September 10 of last year. She had previously lived in Gosforth and Eskdale, which was where the pair’s two children had been brought up.
The South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court inquest heard how the couple had been out on their push bikes when a car hit them, causing Mrs McKrill to sustain serious head injuries. Mr Smith said the French authorities had told him that the driver took his eyes off the road to plug in a mobile phone for music, causing the vehicle to veer off the path ‘it should have been on’.
Mrs McKrill’s body was brought back to England and buried at the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground, in Burton-in-Kendal.
Speaking after the inquest Mr McKrill said: “We were on a little break, planning to be there for a week and do cycling and walking and caving. We had celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary just a few days before the accident.”
He added that he still had ‘strong connections’ to the Lake District, and that he and his wife had walked all the Wainwright fells in one go for her 50th birthday. “It was her idea, and took us just over four weeks. She was very determined,” he said.