Cyclist critical after being hit by truck

TOM HUNT
Last updated 06:28 18/08/2014

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The driver of a truck that collided with a cyclist drove off unaware he had hit the woman, leaving her with critical injuries.

The cyclist, a 46-year-old Napier woman, was taken to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital with critical leg and pelvic injuries injuries after the crash early this morning, police said.

The crash happened at 5.45am on State Highway 2, opposite Waitangi Rd, in Napier.

A fully-laden truck pulled out of Waitangi Rd and drove across the highway into the entrance of Winstone Aggregates, directly across from the intersection, police said.

''The cyclist was on the cycleway and collided with the truck's trailer. The truck driver was unaware of the collision and continued into the Winstone Aggregates yard.

''After unloading he came out of the entrance and found the woman lying on the ground nearby.''

A hospital spokeswoman said the woman was in a critical condition in the emergency department this morning.

The Police Serious Crash Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit were  investigating the crash.

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