THE inquest of an elderly cyclist who died in Southampton General Hospital after a collision in Bournemouth has been opened and adjourned by the Dorset coroner.

Gordon Randall, aged 79 collided with a parked car at Cranmer Road, Winton, last month.

Speaking at a Bournemouth hearing on Thursday, Dorset coroner Rachael Griffin heard how Mr Randall, a retired gentleman of Bournemouth Road, had gone over his handlebars and landed on the road on his head. The owner of the parked car was at the scene when the accident happened.

After a postmortem examination the official cause of death was given as cerebral trauma.

The hearing also heard that Dorset Police investigated the incident fully, and afterwards they were satisfied no third party was involved in Mr Randall’s death and that there were no suspicious circumstances.

A full inquest will take place at Dorset Coroner’s Court, Bournemouth Town Hall, later this year.

Mr Randall, a popular figure in Charminster, was often spotted riding his bicycle in the area.

When the Daily Echo visited the area after Mr Randall died a number of residents and retail workers asked to pass sympathies to the pensioner’s relatives.

The fatal accident happened at 3.45pm on Saturday, February 18. He was flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance, which landed at Winton Recreation Ground, but died of his injuries later that evening.

Shortly afterwards his family said: “We would like to thank everyone who came to Gordon’s aid at the scene of the collision.

“We would request privacy at this extremely difficult time.”