A FAMILY have paid tribute to their loving son who died in a mystery accident in Moss Bank Way.

Following the inquest into Ian Brindle’s death, his parents talked of their “loving and much-loved son” who would be sadly missed by their close family, including his two younger brothers, Lee and Paul.

The inquest heard that passers-by rushed to the joiner’s aid after finding him collapsed in the carriageway of Moss Bank Way in August — but there were no witnesses to the incident.

A Bolton inquest could not determine exactly how 40-year-old Mr Brindle came to fall from his bicycle, but was able to confirm that no other vehicle was involved.

The inquest heard Mr Brindle had suffered a serious facial injury following a quad bike accident a year before his death, which he had never completely recovered from.

Although he had his own flat, Mr Brindle’s parents, June and Michael, encouraged him to move into the family home in Midford Drive, Sharples. On the evening of Thursday, August 15, Mr Brindle left the family home on his bicycle.

His father said he thought he would be going to a friend’s home, and when he did not return that night was not overly concerned.

But the following morning his parents were told that Mr Brindle was in Salford Royal Hospital suffering from serious injuries.

He never regained consciousness and had suffered devastating head injuries.

A post mortem examination revealed he had died from bronchial pneumonia due to traumatic brain injuries.

An examination of Mr Brindle’s bicycle, carried out by PC Ian Beaumont from the police's serious collision investigation unit, could find no damage consistent with a collision with another vehicle, but did uncover a problem with the chain that could have caused him to fall, or may have happened after he fell.

Area coroner Alan Walsh praised Mr and Mrs Brindle for their devotion to their son saying: “You are loving caring parents who provided for your son in his time of need.”

His parents said they had been left “devastated” following Ian’s death.

“He had so much to give. I used to look after him, but he also used to look after me. He was a wonderful son and a wonderful brother.

“Christmas is not going to be the same this year. I think about him every day and miss him every day,” said Mrs Brindle.