A triathlete and mother-of-three has died after her bicycle hit a pothole and she was thrown into the path of an oncoming car.
It has now been revealed that the pothole was due to be filled in two months earlier, but the wrong pothole was repaired instead. The fatal crash happened when Kate Vanloo, a keen triathlete, was cycling near her home in Napton, Warwickshire, in January 2016.
The pothole was hidden by a puddle that spanned across the whole road.
An inquest into the 52-year-old's death led to the assistant coroner for Warwickshire demanding that Warwickshire County Council take action to reduce the delays in repairing potholes in the county.
The inquest heard that the pothole was around 10 centimetres deep. Kate was unable to avoid it due to oncoming traffic.
The pothole was due to be repaired two months earlier, but the person tasked with carrying out the repair works from CR MacDonald Limited could not locate the pothole - despite having GPS co-ordinates, two maps and a photograph of the hole showing a nearby farm as a point of reference.
They had been given the official street name but could not locate it using a sat-nav device.
The person who was supposed to carry out the repair instead filled in a pothole on a different road some three miles away.
Following the inquest Kate’s family said in a statement: