Call for Coronial inquest into Merimbula cyclist death

TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY: Louise Brand is calling for a Coronial inquest into the death of her husband David. Photo: Supplied

TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY: Louise Brand is calling for a Coronial inquest into the death of her husband David. Photo: Supplied

Louise Brand is requesting a formal Coronial inquest into the 2018 death of her husband and avid cyclist David during a road collision.

The news comes as the Brand family and close friends mark 12 months since the tragic circumstances around David's death on Mt Darragh Rd.

The 71-year-old died in Canberra Hospital after suffering severe injuries caused in a collision with Nathan John Cumming, who had walked on to Mount Darragh Rd after leaving his vehicle to confront the keen cyclist

Cumming, 37, was sentenced to a 12-month intensive corrections order in February after pleading guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm by unlawful act.

Ms Brand said, as the anniversary of her husband's death approached, she was "very pleased" to get an invitation to meet with Andrew Constance "to discuss issues surrounding David's death and my request for a Coronial Inquest into it".

Merimbula's David Brand was an avid cyclist. Photo: Supplied

Merimbula's David Brand was an avid cyclist. Photo: Supplied

"Andrew's support of my position was very encouraging - and one of the few positive things to emerge in what has been a very difficult year for me and my family," she said in a statement to media.

"Among the issues, Andrew and I agreed there is a need to investigate for greater access to a crash unit on the Far South Coast; and to understand fully why this unit was not called to the incident involving David as it meant vital forensic evidence was lost.

"[Also] to analyse the leniency of sentencing into a road rage incident which resulted in a man's death."

Ms Brand said other points discussed during that meeting included further education about safe passing laws for motorists and cyclists "as at present they seem to be very poorly understood"; and that safe passing legislation "is not being adequately enforced".

She also stated she wanted an inquest to address "why road rage is on the increase in our community and what we can do to reduce it" and "to support the introduction of new laws which deal with the interfering of any road user by a member of the public, resulting in injury and/or death".

"All of these issues are central to my request to the NSW State Coroner for an inquest into David's death,"Ms Brand said.

"I am extremely heartened that Andrew has agreed to write to the Coroner as my local member in support of my request.

"On this important anniversary for me, I would urge all road users over the coming period, and nearing school holidays, to be mindful of other's rights to be on the road and to share that road with tolerance and patience."

This story Call for Coronial inquest into Merimbula cyclist death first appeared on Bega District News.

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