Cyclist critically injured in crash

06:51, Mar 24 2013

Police say they have now identified a cyclist who was critically injured in a crash in Christchurch this afternoon.

The cyclist, believed to be in his early 20s, is on life support in Christchurch Hospital's intensive care unit after being struck by a car on Pages Rd, Aranui, about 12.05pm.

The collision was about 50 metres northeast of the Breezes Rd intersection.

It took police some hours to establish his identify as he had no wallet or documentation on him.

Police said the man's family were in the process of being notified.

He had sustained a serious head injury and was in a critical condition.

He wore three-quarter length brown camouflage shorts with a red canvas belt, a big t-shirt, white Puma shoes with velcro fasteners across the top, and a sliver stainless steel Pierre Cardin brand watch.

Police said the driver of the car, a woman in her 60s, was taken to Christchurch Hospital for observation but had not sustained any serious injuries.

A police spokesman said she was "upset and shocked" over the crash.

Cordons on Pages Rd were lifted about 4pm.