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Driver charged over mayor's bike crash

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 15:05 23/11/2012
Celia Wade-Brown
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RIDING ON: Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown on her electrically assisted eZee Torq bike.

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The driver accused of crashing into Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown while she was riding her bicycle has been charged over the incident.

Inspector Terry Van Dillen said a 38-year-old man would appear in the Wellington District Court next month charged with careless driving causing injury - an offence under the Land Transport Safety Act.

The driver was served with a traffic offence notice last night, Mr Van Dillen said.

Ms Wade-Brown complained to police last month after she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. At the time she told The Dominion Post she had been riding near the Johnsonville Mall on the afternoon of Saturday October 27 when she was hit by a "careless" driver.

She was not seriously injured but had a sore elbow from the incident.

"It's not a big deal, it's far less than what most people get on the rugby field."

She said the incident was a reminder of the importance of road safety.

"All road users need to be aware of each other. We all need to share the road carefully."  

Ms Wade-Brown's electric bike, which was damaged in the crash, has been fixed and is on display with other electric vehicles in and around the Town Hall today as part of the Smart Energy Expo being held this weekend.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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