…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Inquest Reveals Tragic Collision: Bridgend Mourns Loss of Beloved Cyclist
A heartwrenching incident occurred in Bridgend when an “adorable and vibrant” elderly cyclist, Jose Fernandez-Castro, tragically lost his life after colliding with a car at a junction.
The 85-year-old retired chef passed away in the hospital on October 31, 2019, 12 days after the collision, as a result of “blunt chest injury.”
The Collision and Medical Condition: During an inquest at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on July 14, it was revealed that Mr. Fernandez-Castro, who battled early dementia, atrial fibrillation, and heart disease, remained active by regularly cycling.
On October 19, while riding his pedal cycle across the junction between Tremains Road and Minerva Street in Bridgend, the collision with a car occurred, leading to blunt injuries on his head, shoulder, chest, and arm.
He was immediately taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, where he was admitted, but his condition ultimately deteriorated, resulting in his passing.
Cause of Death: The medical cause of Mr. Fernandez-Castro’s death was determined to be complications of blunt chest injury, along with ischaemic and hypertensive heart disease.
The area coroner, Patricia Morgan, recorded a conclusion of road traffic collision for the incident.
Tribute to a Beloved Character: Mr. Fernandez-Castro’s family paid a heartfelt tribute to him, describing him as a “loveable and colorful” character who had migrated from Spain to Wales.
After a successful career as a head chef in some of Cardiff’s renowned restaurants, he settled in Bridgend to enjoy his retirement and indulge in his love for gardening.
Fondly remembered for his wit, cheekiness, and Spanish accent blended with Welsh “isms,” he was a shining presence in any room he entered.
His passing not only left an irreplaceable void in the lives of his family members, Kurt and Ferrol, but also in the hearts of the community that cared deeply for him.
From poolside morning exercises to long walks in Porthcawl and Ogmore, Mr. Fernandez-Castro touched the lives of many, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Conclusion: The tragic accident that claimed the life of Jose Fernandez-Castro serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of road safety and awareness for both drivers and cyclists.
It is a poignant reflection on how a single moment can have profound and far-reaching consequences for a family and a community.
His story also celebrates the vibrant and spirited personality he brought to his surroundings, leaving a lasting impact on those he encountered.
The touching tribute from his family showcases the love and admiration they held for him, portraying him not just as a skilled chef but as a beloved individual cherished by all who knew him.
As Bridgend mourns the loss of this wonderful soul, it is essential to embrace road safety measures and honor the memory of Jose Fernandez-Castro by fostering a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians alike.
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