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Rosalind Fuller died in mountain bike crash on Turkey adventure holiday

By Lynn Cox

A young woman on an adventure holiday died after she lost control of her mountain bike as she made her way down a steep wet hill, an inquest heard this week.

Rosalind Fuller, 24, was less than 200 yards from her hotel in Kas, in Turkey, when the bike she was riding skidded on the wet ground and collided with a taxi at a busy uncontrolled junction.

Miss Fuller, who grew up in the Gravesend area and was a member of Gillingham Black Lion Swimming Club for years, had earlier told other holiday adventurers she was considering not taking part in the all day mountain trek because she was inexperienced.

Rosalind Fuller on one of her many adventure holidays
Rosalind Fuller on one of her many adventure holidays

However, Miss Fuller, who was born in Northfleet and worked as a telecoms engineer, had decided along with six others she would take part in the excursion and left with the group and its tour guides and support van.

The trip, which was due to cover a 38km route on October 23 2015, was cut short by the tour guide, Muharrem Arican , as heavy rain has descended upon the area and the riders were wet and cold.

After more than three hours of cycling, the group were heading back to their accommodation, the Oreo Hotel, in the costal town when they reached their last checkpoint at the top of a steep hill leading into the village, where they gathered to wait for slow riders and get further instructions from Mr Arican.

It was then Miss Fuller, who had previously swum at county and regional level for the Black Lion, made her way first down the hill before other members of the group and got into difficulties on the way.

Despite witnesses saying they saw her using the brakes on the bike, it skidded down the road and she missed the turning for her hotel and her bike collided with a taxi at the busy junction below.

Rosalind Fuller was tragically killed in Turkey last year
Rosalind Fuller was tragically killed in Turkey last year

Miss Fuller was thrown about 10 metres in the air and landed on the ground.

Doctors from a nearby medical centre rushed to her aid and she was taken to Kas General Hospital where she died later the same day.

After being brought back to Britain, a post-mortem examination was carried out on Miss Fuller, of Fennel Close, Barming, at Medway Maritime Hospital by pathologist Dr David Rouse, who found she had died from multiple injuries.

During the inquest, which was held at the Archbishop’s Palace, in Maidstone, three other people who were also on the same trip gave evidence to senior coroner Patricia Harding.

One holidaymaker, Brian Millican, told the hearing he saw her set off and heard Mr Arican shout at her telling her to slow down.

Mr Millican added: “I heard the rep shout to her to slow down I turned and round and saw her picking up speed.

“I couldn’t tell the speed but I knew she had just gone past the junction for our hotel, I then realised she was not going to stop and the taxi came.

“She was thrown from the bike.”

Father and son, Kevin and George Tye, also gave evidence at the hearing.

Kevin Tye said their tour guide, Mr Arican, had given them a safety briefing before they descended the steep hill.

He said: “Each time we stopped we got a safety briefing about the next section.

“He told us he was going to lead us down now because we were going back into the town.

“It was a very steep (the hill). Even walking down it would have been a problem.

“When she set off, I thought she was in control, like a flash style, then I realised she didn’t have control and she had problems, she was picking up speed.

“Then the taxi came, she wasn’t just thrown she was spinning.”

Roz Fuller was less than 200 yards from her hotel in Kas
Roz Fuller was less than 200 yards from her hotel in Kas

George Tye added: “I told her I was not going to go down it (the hill), but she said it would be fine.

“She was standing up on the bike with the breaks on but her wheels were not moving, she was just skidding.”

Coroner Mrs Harding concluded Miss Fuller died after colliding with a vehicle on a wet and slippery hill which, according to Turkish police, was a dangerous incline.

She added: “She was the first of the group to set off and it was immediately apparent (to others) she was in difficulty.

“I am satisfied it was not because of break failure rather than poor road conditions.

“She was unable to stop and collided with a taxi and was thrown about 10 or 11 metres and landed in the road.

“She died in Kas General Hospital from the injuries she sustained. She had been unable to stop in the poor weather conditions.

“This is a very, very sad case. It is a tragic death, but nothing about the circumstances that gives cause for concern of the risk of future deaths (on such excursions).”

Mrs Harding concluded Miss Fuller died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Jae Hopkinis, marketing director of Exodus Travel, added: “Our thoughts are with Rosalind’s family and friends at this time.”

Miss Fuller’s mother, Margaret, Les and her brother Alex were at the inquest this week.

Mrs Fuller has previously paid tribute to her daughter and spoke out about how she was adventurous, but sensible and was the sort of person who would always do the right things and would often go on adventure holidays herself.

Mrs Fuller said: “She got bored quickly and loved her holidays. She wasn’t afraid to go and do these things, but she was always very safe."

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