A DAD died after his fishing equipment got caught in his bicycle, causing him to fall off and hit his head.
Christopher Lowry from Gosport spent the afternoon with his children before going fishing alone on the evening of July 24 last year.
On his way back, the 59-year-old’s fishing gear became tangled with his bike, and he fell off in the South Street car park in the town.
When concerned passers-by stopped to help, he told them he was fine. He was later found collapsed in the car park by another member of the public.
An ambulance was called and he was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital but never regained consciousness. He died the following morning.
Sharon Butriss had been attending a wedding anniversary celebration nearby, and tried to help Mr Lowry when she spotted he had fallen from his bike.
She told a Portsmouth inquest: ‘I walked towards the road and there was a man who I presumed had fallen off his bike.
‘He had the fishing equipment attached to his bike.
‘We asked him if he was hurt and he said he was fine, he had been fishing and he was on his way home.
‘He was shaken up from the fall.
‘As we walked back to the car it looked like he was starting to get up. He was completely aware of where he had been.’
CCTV footage showed Mr Lowry swerving across the car park on his way home.
A post mortem examination showed he had alcohol in his bloodstream, and was more than twice over the legal limit for driving.
The report showed that Mr Lowry’s death was due to a severe head injury.
Mr Lowry’s ex-wife Helen Lowry had seen him earlier that day, when she picked their children up.
She said: ‘He was tired, he had been working very hard in his job. His relaxation was fishing. He didn’t look like he had been drinking when I picked the children up.’
David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, recorded a verdict of accidental death,
He said: ‘It seems to be self-evident that his fishing tackles became caught up in his bike.
‘So the conclusion I have to reach here is that Mr Lowry’s death is due to a tragic accident.’