The cyclist was found by a motorist on the Buttertubs Pass

The cyclist was found by a motorist on the Buttertubs Pass

Police have repeated their appeal for sightings of a cyclist who died after being found on a high Yorkshire Dales pass.

North Yorkshire Police said they would like to hear from any car drivers who took part in the Run for Joe Allan organised by the Buttertubs Run.

Patrick McDonough, 59, was found seriously injured on the Buttertubs Pass between Hawes and Muker on the morning of Sunday 4 October 2015 and later died in hospital in Middlesbrough.

Police also want to speak to a number of MG drivers and the occupants of a small yellow car, possibly a Toyota or Suzuki, who may have been in the area at the time and who might have seen the lone cyclist on the road over the pass. They also want to hear from anyone from the organised event, described as ‘a petrolheads’ day out in the Dales’.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “It is believed the occupants of the small yellow car were taking photographs of the scenery and were possibly professional photographers.

“Officers have stressed that the vehicle occupants they are trying to trace could have valuable information and that there is no suspicion at this time, that they were involved.

“If you saw a lone cyclist travelling between Hawes and Muker along Buttertubs Pass on the Sunday morning, please get in touch.”

Mr McDonough, of Middlesbrough, was found with serious injuries on the pass, which was used by cyclists during the Tour de France last year, about 11.40am. He was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he died on the night of Monday 5 October 2015.

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

The road was closed to attend to the cyclist and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene. It re-opened at about 5.40pm.

Anyone who may have seen Mr McDonough riding on that day is asked to contact call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the major collision investigation unit, or email them.

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