A VEHICLE fitter appeared in court yesterday charged with causing the death of a cyclist.

Michael Bisi, 60, allegedly caused a fatal collision with grandad Paul Jones while at the wheel of a Mercedes car on the A472 Hafodyrynys Road in Crumlin on Tuesday, August 12, Caerphilly magistrates heard.

Bisi, of Western Terrace, Ebbw Vale, has been charged with one count of causing death by careless driving.

A Honda Civic was also allegedly involved in the incident, but the driver has not been charged.

Mr Jones’ family paid tribute to the keen cyclist from Markham who died following the collision at around 7.20am.

His heartbroken wife Angela said at the time she could not imagine life without him.

She added: “He was not your average 60 year old. He was super fit and looked many years younger than his actual age.”

He also left behind a son, Paul, and two grandsons Joshua and Samuel.

Paul Jr said his dad was called “the robot” due to his “endless love of working”.

He said at the time: “Words cannot describe the heartache, but it can be replaced in everlasting memory with the joy and never-ending selflessness which he brought to all he knew and loved.”

At Mr Jones’ inquest opening, Coroners officer David Arnold said he was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, after the crash, but was confirmed dead at 8.16am the same day.

A post mortem examination was carried out at the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, by a Home Office pathologist.

Mr Arnold told the hearing the cause of death was given as blunt trauma to the chest, involving rib fractures and lacerations of the heart.

Caerphilly magistrate Peter Wood granted Bisi unconditional bail.

He is to appear at Newport Crown Court on Tuesday, December 30.