Peterborough cyclist who died on Bourges Boulevard was double drink-drive limit, inquest hears

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A Peterborough cyclist who died after a late-night collision on Bourges Boulevard was more than double the drink-drive limit and had drugs in her system, an inquest heard.

Nina Deasley was wearing dark clothes and her bike had no lights on when she pulled out in front of a taxi near Waitrose on Thursday, April 23.

Ms Deasley (29), who was also not wearing a helmet, suffered a fractured skull from the collision and went into cardiac arrest, but despite treatment from a defibrillator she was pronounced dead at the scene just after 1.30am.

Coroner David Heming agreed with the conclusion from a post mortem carried out on Ms Deasley that she had died of multiple traumatic injuries with alcohol intoxication also to blame.

A toxicology report read out at the inquest yesterday (Thursday, September 3) stated that her alcohol levels were at 169mg in blood, more than double the legal drink-drive limit of 80mg.

She also had a high amount of heroin in her system and traces of cocaine.

No blame was attached at all to the driver of the taxi, Gulnawaz Khan, who was passing through a green light at a recorded speed of 17mph when Ms Deasley pulled out from the central reservation on Bourges Boulevard which was then under construction.

Mr Khan, who said he had been driving taxis for 30 years and had no points on his licence, was on his way home having left Peterborough Railway Station when the incident occurred just before 1am.

He said: “I did not see her at all, she was cycling very fast.”

Due to the effects of the accident he said he “took six weeks off” afterwards as he “did not feel like working.”

PC Paul Rogers of Cambridgeshire Constabulary was driving on patrol behind Mr Khan when he hit Ms Deasley.

PC Rogers said: “The driver had no chance to stop. In my opinion he could not have avoided the collision.”

He added that after the collision an open can of alcohol was found on the road.

Mr Heming recorded a death by road traffic collision before giving a warning about the use of drugs.

He said: “At the moment we are seeing significant numbers of drug-related deaths and that’s quite alarming.

“It’s often young people.

“I would urge those in our local communities to seek the help that they can because drugs can have devastating consequences.”