|Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM|
A mother died when she fell off a tandem while cycling through woodland with her nine-year-old son on the back seat.
Library volunteer Hyacinth Maynard, 40, is believed to have severed an artery in her thigh as she was speared through the leg by one of the bicycle pedals.
Her older son, aged 12, was also with her on their regular Sunday afternoon cycle through Epping Forest, north-east London.
Passers-by joined Wanstead Park staff in a desperate attempt to stem the flow of blood but Ms Maynard went into cardiac arrest.
She had suffered a severed femoral artery and was pronounced dead at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Ms Maynard, who lived in Leytonstone and volunteered at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and the Black Cultural Archives in south London, completed a course at the London School of Journalism last year and was also studying business.
Neighbours today paid tribute to a “energetic and friendly” mother who was devoted to her two children.
Peter Doughty, 49, said: “They went everywhere on their bikes. Most Sundays they went to Wanstead Park and that’s where the tragedy happened.
“I presumed she had gone away for the night and that’s why she wasn’t in, but in the morning a neighbour came round and told us all she had died.
“It was a real shock. We heard she was on a tandem and her son was on the back. They were cycling down an alleyway where the tree roots poke through the ground. I think she must have hit one and fallen off.”
Begona Alonso, 43, said: “She was very energetic and healthy, and she tried to instil that into her sons. She was very friendly, everybody liked her. When I moved here she was the first person to speak to me. She was very focused on her kids. Her eldest had managed to get a scholarship to a private boarding school.”
Alan Miles, 66, said: “She was a very intelligent and independent woman. She had a mind of her own. People really feel the loss. We all loved her and we are all hurt. We couldn’t believe it.”
The path has been resurfaced since the accident, which happened on Sunday, July 6.
Walthamstow Coroners Court said it was investigating the cause of death.
A spokesman for the Corporation of London, which owns the park, said: “This was a tragic and very sad incident, staff and passers-by did their best to help the emergency services.
“As with all serious incidents we are reviewing safety arrangement as well as helping police with their inquiries.”