Young cyclist dies in hospital
BLAIR ENSOR AND JOELLE DALLY AND GEORGINA STYLIANOU
A cyclist struck by a car in Christchurch has died from his injuries.
A police spokesman confirmed the man, believed to be in his 20s, died in Christchurch Hospital overnight.
He had been placed on life support in the hospital's intensive care unit after being struck by a car on Pages Rd in the suburb of Aranui at noon yesterday.
The collision was about 50 metres northeast of the Breezes Rd intersection.
The cyclist had remained unidentified for several hours after the collision as he had no wallet or documentation on him.
Police said yesterday the man suffered a serious head injury and was in a critical condition.
The driver of the eastbound car, a woman in her 60s, was placed under observation at Christchurch Hospital but did not have serious injuries.
Police said she was "upset and shocked".
The cyclist was identified after police released a description of the man and his clothing - three-quarter length brown camouflage shorts with a red canvas belt, a big T-shirt, white Puma shoes with velcro fasteners and a stainless steel Pierre Cardin brand watch.
Cordons were lifted about 4pm after serious crash investigators had mapped the scene.
The incident was among a spate of crashes and road-related incidents attended by emergency services in Canterbury yesterday.
A car and van collided on Palmers Rd in New Brighton just after 12 noon. No-one was injured but one vehicle "took off". A police spokesman understood the vehicle and its driver were later located.
Two cars collided on Blenheim Rd near the Annex Rd intersection at 12.30pm. No one was injured.
A car went went over a bank on Dyers Pass Rd, just past Longhurst Tce, about 3.10pm. The male driver escaped unharmed.
A man in his 50s fell off his bike on Mcleans Island Rd about 4.15pm. Ambulance crews attended.
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