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Police release name of Buttertubs cyclist who died following collision

Police have now named the cyclist who died after he was found injured near the summit of Buttertubs Pass near Muker in the Yorkshire Dales.

  • He was Patrick McDonough, 59, from Middlesbrough, Cleveland

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into his death.

Mr McDonough was found with serious injuries on the pass – the road between Hawes and Muker – on Sunday morning.

At around 11.40am on the morning of Sunday 4 October 2015, a passing motorist came across him lying injured in the road approximately 200 metres from the summit.

He was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where he died on the night of Monday 5 October 2015.

Mr McDonough had been travelling from the direction of Hawes towards Muker. He was wearing a white helmet, fluorescent yellow t-shirt and dark coloured shorts and was riding a silver Canyon pedal cycle.

Police have renewed their appeal for information, Traffic Sergeant Ian Pope of the Major Collision Investigation Unit, said:

I would like to hear from anyone who was travelling along the pass between Hawes and Muker from 11am to 11.45am on Sunday morning. It would have taken Mr McDonough a while to reach Buttertubs’ summit and there must have been a number of vehicles or other cyclists who passed him. I urge them to please contact us, no matter how insignificant they think their information may be, it could be hugely important in helping us piece together the circumstances that led to him falling from his cycle.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Unit, or email

Please quote reference number 12150175659 when passing on information.

The road was closed to attend to the casualty and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene. It reopened at around 5.40pm.

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