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‘Cheeky chappy’ Derby dad died after fall from bicycle

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Family and friends of a much-loved Derby father, son, and husband say they are heartbroken and have lost their “best friend” after his sudden death following a fall from his bicycle on the way home from his local pub.

Kevin Craddock, 45, a former scrap collector and garage worker of Brindley Court, Allenton sadly passed away on his sofa at home. His life-long “cheeky chappy” personality has left a huge gap in the lives of those who loved him.

After his mum, Janice, started calling Kevin ‘Chomps’ due to him “noshing everything” as an 18-19 month old baby, this stuck for life. He was very popular within the local community, and those who knew him always affectionately referred to him by this nickname.

Kevin’s former wife, Rosie Kelly, 51, a self-employed cleaner, met him when they were very young. She described them as “sweethearts”, and they remained close friends after deciding to separate. Rosie said: “He was a character, but he could be a bit hot headed. You loved him or you hated him.

“Nobody knew him as Kevin. We were together for 20 years on and off, and married between 2000 and 2004. He was a funny guy, he was a joker. That’s how I ended up with him. I’ve lost my best friend.”

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Karl Craddock, 44, one of Kevin’s four brothers, said: “It’s been very quiet without him, no drama.” Keith Craddock, 48, a floor layer, Kevin’s oldest brother, said: “We’ve lost a brother, mum’s lost a son. We’re heartbroken.” His family also added that Kevin was “inseparable” from his two children, Daniel, 25, and Chibaun, 22.

A documentary inquest into Kevin’s death at Chesterfield Coroners Court on Thursday August 25, conducted by HM Assistant Coroner for Derby and Derbyshire, Sarah Huntbach, concluded that his passing was accidental and caused by a blunt impact to his head following a fall from his bicycle after he had had “four or five” drinks with a close friend at the New Bridge Inn on Chellaston Road, Derby.

Kevin suffered from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as fits caused by type one diabetes. But he also started drinking as a result of the death of his grandmother, who he was very close to, and eventually “could not stop”.

A pathology report by Doctor Atwell summarised that this “clear history of alcohol dependancy” and “chronic alcohol disorder” caused “shrinking” of Kevin’s brain leaving it more vulnerable to trauma, meaning “that fall from his bike could have proven fatal”.

The impact to his skull in the accident on on 17 February unfortunately ultimately led to a bleed and an Acute Traumatic Subdural Haemorrhage, causing pressure inside Kevin’s head. Miss Huntbach said: “The facts are clear, they speak for themselves. There is nothing controversial at all, there is not a need to call anybody to give evidence.”

She described Kevin as “well known in the area” and a “very friendly lad”. She added that his journey back from the pub on his bicycle after a few drinks, calling in at a shop for some more cans of lager, was “regular for him to do” but the low alcohol to blood percentage observed by Doctor Atwell after Kevin’s death showed that it “wasn’t as though he went on a drinking binge”.

Miss Huntbach concluded: “I offer my condolences to you, it is a very sad loss to you. You are such a large family and no doubt Kevin touched all of your lives. Hopefully you can all achieve some closure and remember Kevin for the person that he was.”

She added that she “only got a small snapshot of Kevin’s life” but got a good sense of the “cheeky chappy that Kevin was”.

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