5 Aug 2014

Coroner says tests may have saved cyclist

10:27 pm on 5 August 2014

A coroner says if Rotorua cyclist Patrick Dean Avery had had medical tests and a cardiac evaluation, he might be alive today. Instead, he died while racing in the city in December 2012.

Releasing his findings on Tuesday, Coroner Wallace Bain found the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Mr Avery, who was 21 and described as extremely fit, fell off his bicycle during the race and had a seizure.

Mr Bain noted that had Mr Avery undergone medical tests, his condition would have been detected and it may have prevented his death.