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Inquest hears of trainee HGV driver's horror at death of student cyclist in accident

Josh Jarvis died in the collision with an HGV in Fallowfield last year Credit: MEN Syndication

An inquest has heard how a cyclist died after a crash with a cement mixer driven by a trainee under instruction.

Manchester Metropolitan Student Josh Jarvis was cycling through Fallowfield on the Wilmslow Road when the collision took place on February 27 last year.

The inquest heard how the driver of the HGV, Matthew Bentley, was still haunted by what happened and the case was a “tragedy involving two young people”.

This shrine was set up for Josh next to the place where he died. Credit: MEN Syndication

Film student Josh, who lived in Fallowfield, had been cycling alongside the lorry in a cycle lane as it began to turn left into Landcross Road, the inquest heard.

Mr Bentley, aged 18 at the time of the incident, was being taught how to operate an HGV by instructor Ben Moseley.

He had manoeuvred the cement mixer slightly to the right as he prepared to make his left turn, indicating as he did so and checking all eight of his mirrors, the coroner was told.

Josh was riding a new bike - a Christmas present given to him by his family just months earlier Credit: MEN Syndication

Neither the driver or the instructor saw Josh on his bike as he came up on the inside.

The 21-year-old was crushed under the wheels of the lorry and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

A post-mortem examination found he had died from serious head injuries.

Fallowfield's student community was shaken by the incident in the heart of Manchester's student village Credit: MEN Syndication

The court heard from Josh's father Simon Jarvis that he was an accomplished cyclist.

He had been given a new bike at Christmas just months before his death - it was the same one the 21-year-old was riding at the time of the accident.

Recording a conclusion of death by road traffic collision, the coroner said:

“This was a tragedy involving two young people.”

“The driver was only 18-years-old. We have heard his evidence and how distressed he was."

– coroner Fiona Borrill

Addressing Mr Bentley, she said:

“I know that you have now completed your test and I know that your instructor said you were a fantastic driver. It is a credit to you that you that you have managed to carry on.”

– coroner Fiona Borrill