A 27-year-old Yateley woman died from massive head injuries after her bicycle was in collision with a taxi as she pedalled home from her job late at night, the coroner, Mr Andrew Bradley, was told at a Basingstoke inquest on Tuesday.

He recorded an accidental death verdict on New Zealander Elizabeth Arillaga after hearing that she had no lights on her cycle - although she might have had a torch switched on. She was dressed in black.

A fellow member of staff at The Chequers in Eversley said she had warned Miss Arillaga several times that she should get lights fitted to her cycle. That night she was going back to her uncle's home in Coppice Gardens, Yateley, to get changed before going out clubbing.

The driver involved, William Gibson of London Road, Blackwater, said he was travelling to The Toad and Stumps pub to pick up a fare. When he reached the end of Moulsham Lane to turn right into Reading Road, Yateley, he looked right and left and saw no lights at all.

"I pulled out and suddenly the windscreen smashed," he said. "I thought it was a deer I had hit. Until I looked into the mirror and saw the cycle I did not realise I had hit someone."

Police witnesses said the cycle had reflectors on its pedals but no lights. A torch was found at the scene.

Mr Andrew Bradley said it was a tragic and sad matter but Miss Arillaga's injuries were such that she would not have suffered at all.