Cyclist killed in collision with lorry in Medway Road, Gillingham, named as 58-year-old Stephen Barton
A cyclist who was killed in a collision with a lorry has been named.
Stephen Barton was killed while riding his mountain bike in Medway Road last week.
The 58-year-old, of St Albans Close, Gillingham, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering serious injuries to his head and chest.
A man was killed after his bicycle was involved in a collision with a lorry in Gillingham
The lorry involved stopped after the incident and the driver has been spoken to by officers.
Distraught eyewitnesses described how they rushed to help Mr Barton.
One of those who was in the area when the tragedy happened was Patrick Coulter, from Gillingham.
The 18-year-old was with a group of more than a dozen friends and called 999 whilst running towards Mr Barton.
The former Brompton Academy pupil, who said he will never forget the "traumatic event", followed instructions from the operator until ambulance crews arrived.
"All I was focused on was him and whether he was okay," he said.
Floral tributes at the junction of Medway Road and Pier Road, where a cyclist was struck by a lorry
"We were just completely shocked and surprised. We instinctively ran towards him and jumped the barrier.
"We all tried to do what we could. He was unconscious. There was little we could do.”
Cheekyrhi20 wrote on our website: "Unfortunately me and my three-year-old were behind the cyclist at the time in our car and believe me there was nothing the lorry could do.
"I think that day has affected a few lives especially for the deceased and his family, for the lorry driver and for anyone was there really. Believe me though everything was done to help this poor man."
Amy Louise Prescott arrived at the traffic lights shortly after the collision.
She said: "The gentleman’s condition was severe and I felt quite helpless. It was so upsetting to see. I’m really sorry for his family, who must be devastated."
The inquest into his death was opened and adjourned today (Tuesday), with a full hearing to be held at a later date.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to phone the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.
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