Leeds primary teacher died after bicycle accident

Philip Lecutier.
Philip Lecutier.
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A Leeds primary school teacher died after being knocked off his bicycle by a truck on his way home from work, an inquest heard.

Philip Lecutier, 55, was accidentally run over by one of the skip wagon’s wheels after the fall on November 2 last year.

The Leeds inquest heard the father-of-two was returning to his home on Fieldhead Road in Guiseley following work at Cookridge Primary School.

He had ridden along Otley Old Road to the junction with Harrogate Road in Bramhope before stopping at a red light at about 4.45pm.

A wagon being driven by Keith Armitage pulled up alongside him.

There were conflicting witness reports about whether or not Mr Armitage put his indicator on, but as the lights turned green he turned left and accidentally clipped the bike.

Witness Colin Wilkinson said: “The front nearside wheel of the wagon hit the back wheel of the cycle and then drove over the shoulder of the cyclist.”

An off-duty nurse, policeman and paramedic all attended to Mr Lecutier at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary. But he died from multiple injuries later that night.

Giving evidence at the inquest, Mr Armitage told members of Mr Lecutier’s family who were in court he was sorry.

“I would like to apologise for my part in the accident,” he said.

Stephen Green, head of West Yorkshire Police’s collision investigation unit, said the driving rain and darkness would have contributed to the incident.

“In the conditions of the night the cyclist would have been almost invisible,” he said.

In a statement Mr Lecutier’s sister Claire Gill said her brother liked “the gentler side of life.”

She added: “His colleagues, friends and neighbours all spoke very highly of him.”

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He was a conscientious person who wouldn’t have taken any risks.

“He was very, very careful and this is a tragic loss for us and his two children.”

Coroner David Hinchliff recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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