Two Cyclists Dead After Being Hit By Trucks June 19 - R.i.p.

Postby Thermo on Thu 19/Jun/08 9:57am

CYCLIST 1:

A cyclist was killed in an accident outside a secondary school in Upper Hutt this morning.

The fatal accident happened outside St Patrick's College on Ferguson Dr, Silverstream, just before 9am.

Police said it appeared the cyclist was struck by a car and then by a truck.

Emergency services were at the scene.

Both lanes were closed. Traffic was being diverted from the southern end of Fergusson Dr at Field St and at the Silverstream lights at the northern end.

Police asked motorists to use Moonshine Rd instead of Fergusson Dr.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4589468a10.html


CYCLIST 2:

Road safety cop killed in cycle accident

Police have been shocked by the death of one the force's top officers, Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald, in a road crash near Wellington tonight.

Mr Fitzgerald, the national commander of the police communications centres, was killed while cycling home from work. Inspector Richard Chambers, Lower Hutt Police Area Commander, said police and ambulance staff were quickly at the scene but attempts to resuscitate Mr Fitzgerald, who was 57, were unsuccessful.

He said Lower Hutt police and specialist crash and commercial vehicle investigation officers are endeavouring to establish how the crash involving Mr Fitzgerald and an articulated truck and trailer unit happened.

The crash happened at 5.25pm on the roundabout of the Hutt Road and The Esplanade on the Petone foreshore.

Acting Police Commissioner Lyn Provost said Mr Fitzgerald's death had shocked and saddened his family, friends and police colleagues.

"Steve has made an enormous contribution to policing in New Zealand," Ms Provost said.

"He has played a significant role to community safety, particularly through his work as the national head of the communications centres and to his former role as our national road policing manager," she said.

Mr Fitzgerald has been the national manager of the Police Communications Centres since 2005. His appointment followed the independent review of the NZ Police Comms. The last three years have seen significant improvements in the performance and capability of the Communications Centres.

Before joining Comms, Mr Fitzgerald spent five years as national road policing manager.

"In the eyes of many New Zealanders and our police colleagues internationally, Steve was the face of road policing," Ms Provost said.

"He oversaw all road policing operations and achieved significant and sustained reductions in road deaths and injury crashes."

Mr Fitzgerald began his policing career with the Leicester and Rutland Police Authority in the United Kingdom.

His practical skills were also supported with a BA in Social Science and an MBA with distinction.

"I know that all police staff, particularly those who have worked closely with Steve over the years, as well as the wider community will mourn his loss," Acting Commissioner Provost said.

"Our sympathies and support are with Steve's wife, two sons and wider family as they try to deal with the loss of their loved one."

The accident was the second involving a cyclist in the Hutt Valley today.

A 61-year-old male cyclist died after falling into the path of a truck outside St Patrick's College in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, at 8.40am.

Police said it appeared the driver of a parked vehicle had opened his door, and the cyclist crashed into the door, falling into the path of a truck travelling in the same direction.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4589897a10.html
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Postby Gracie on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:04am

Crikey - when's it gonna end!! :angry:

Heartfelt sympathy to family and friends of the victim and all those who witnessed this awful event!
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Postby psychavoc on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:07am

Oh gosh that's so sad :( Condolences to the cyclist's friends and family.

I just rode past there yesterday evening and was passed by a few rather close trucks. :huh:
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Postby XCrazy on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:15am

This is not good. My condolences go out to the family

I got put in the gutter yesterday by a bus :angry:
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Postby ThingOne on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:22am

Thats scary stuff.. My condolences to the family.
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Postby JX8P on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:33am

Sucks..

man i am never going to ride on the motor way,
vehicles bombing along at 100kph behind me just gives me the shits..
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Postby ShoreBoy on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:33am

Bloody hell. That's terrible. Thoughts with the family.
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Postby skeletor on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:39am

Fark, this is totally out of hand.
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Postby sifter on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:41am

JX8P wrote: Sucks..

man i am never going to ride on the motor way,
vehicles bombing along at 100kph behind me just gives me the shits..


Sadly, I'm pretty sure that happened in a 50km/h zone (maybe 70?) The ACC have a pretty solid radio campaign going at the moment where a fictional ad cuts out to say something about "cyclists could appear from nowhere" - like the woman on the telly falling through the coffee table. If only this was having an effect... :(

The poor people that child leaves behind...
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Postby Zoom on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:45am

sifter wrote:
JX8P wrote: Sucks..

man i am never going to ride on the motor way,
vehicles bombing along at 100kph behind me just gives me the shits..


Sadly, I'm pretty sure that happened in a 50km/h zone (maybe 70?) The ACC have a pretty solid radio campaign going at the moment where a fictional ad cuts out to say something about "cyclists could appear from nowhere" - like the woman on the telly falling through the coffee table. If only this was having an effect... :(

The poor people that child leaves behind...


I believe it is 50kph outside St Pats
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Postby lil_bro on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:47am

sifter wrote:
JX8P wrote: Sucks..

man i am never going to ride on the motor way,
vehicles bombing along at 100kph behind me just gives me the shits..


Sadly, I'm pretty sure that happened in a 50km/h zone (maybe 70?) The ACC have a pretty solid radio campaign going at the moment where a fictional ad cuts out to say something about "cyclists could appear from nowhere" - like the woman on the telly falling through the coffee table. If only this was having an effect... :(

The poor people that child leaves behind...


Yep, definately a 50 zone (though only a few hundred metres from an 80 zone), I hope it isn't anyone I know
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Postby ThingOne on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:49am

lil_bro wrote:
sifter wrote:
JX8P wrote: Sucks..

man i am never going to ride on the motor way,
vehicles bombing along at 100kph behind me just gives me the shits..


Sadly, I'm pretty sure that happened in a 50km/h zone (maybe 70?) The ACC have a pretty solid radio campaign going at the moment where a fictional ad cuts out to say something about "cyclists could appear from nowhere" - like the woman on the telly falling through the coffee table. If only this was having an effect... :(

The poor people that child leaves behind...


Yep, definately a 50 zone (though only a few hundred metres from an 80 zone), I hope it isn't anyone I know


Im scared about that as well, I know quite a few people who live/ride in that area.
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Postby lil_bro on Thu 19/Jun/08 10:51am

ThingOne wrote:
lil_bro wrote:
sifter wrote:
JX8P wrote: Sucks..

man i am never going to ride on the motor way,
vehicles bombing along at 100kph behind me just gives me the shits..


Sadly, I'm pretty sure that happened in a 50km/h zone (maybe 70?) The ACC have a pretty solid radio campaign going at the moment where a fictional ad cuts out to say something about "cyclists could appear from nowhere" - like the woman on the telly falling through the coffee table. If only this was having an effect... :(

The poor people that child leaves behind...


Yep, definately a 50 zone (though only a few hundred metres from an 80 zone), I hope it isn't anyone I know


Im scared about that as well, I know quite a few people who live/ride in that area.


If Gav is one of them, you can rule him out, I just got off the phone with him
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Postby Thermo on Thu 19/Jun/08 11:00am

"Police said the cyclist was hit by a four-wheel-drive vehicle."

It wasn't in the original article but it doesn't surprise me.
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Postby dicks-naughty-account on Thu 19/Jun/08 11:01am

fuckin jeez thats not on
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