An inquest has opened into the death of a hospital worker killed while cycling. "Kind" Alice Smith, 31, was riding a bike along the B4306 in Carmarthenshire on March 9 when she was in a collision with an oncoming car.

Coroner's officer Malcolm Thompson told the inquest opening in Llanelli Town Hall: "Alice Smith was a single woman who resided with her parents in Bryncoch in Neath. She was employed as a pharmacy technician in a local hospital."

Ms Smith was cycling on the B4306 Hendy to Llannon road at around 2pm on Saturday, March 9, when she was in collision with an oncoming red Seat Ibiza. "Sadly, Alice passed away at the scene of the accident," said Mr Thompson. A man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving before being released under investigation.

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A post-mortem gave the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries. A full report from the pathologist and a full accident report from police are still awaited by the coroner's office. Coroner Paul Bennett said the hearing would be adjourned indefinitely to allow for police investigations.

Paying tribute to Ms Smith, her family said: “Alice was training for a triathlon in Barcelona later this year and was on her way to Llangyndeyrn when she died. Alice was happiest amongst her close friends, work colleagues and her horse-riding circle. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met.

"As well as her triathlon and Iron Man training, Alice was becoming a gifted dressage rider and was about to compete at the Petplan finals at Addington Manor with her beloved horse Tess. The loss of Alice has left a massive hole in our lives and all that knew her.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said on March 13: "It is now believed that the red Seat Ibiza may have travelled from Pontyberem to Drefach, and then left Drefach on the B4310 towards Tumble. The vehicle continued from Tumble to Llannon on the A476 before turning onto the B4306 towards Hendy.

"The investigation team continue to appeal for witnesses who may have information. They are particularly keen to see dashcam, doorbell and CCTV footage of the red car before the collision from those who reside, or may have travelled, along the above route between 1.15pm to 2pm." Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news