Second cyclist killed in Christchurch

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 10:16 27/03/2013
Chch accident Mar 27
DAVID HALLETT/Fairfax NZ

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A female cyclist is dead after she was hit by a car in the Christchurch suburb of Aranui this morning.

The crash was at the intersection of Breezes and Wainoni roads shortly after 9am.

It comes just three days after cyclist Carl Taylor, 31, was killed after being hit by a car in Pages Rd, Aranui.

Witnesses say Taylor may have crossed the centre line into the path of the car about midday on Sunday.

He was put on life support at Christchurch Hospital but died later that night of severe head injuries.

A witness to this morning's crash, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was walking to her sister's house and saw the cyclist moments before she was struck. The witness said she glanced away for a moment only to hear a "crumble" sound of the bike being crushed.

She said it looked like the SUV, which was travelling west on Wainoni Rd, had turned left into Breezes Rd and struck the cyclist who was on the left.

The witness said she phoned an ambulance and went to check on the woman's condition while talking to the operator. She said the woman and the bike were still partially under the SUV, but the cyclist was so badly injured she could not tell if she was breathing.

She said when paramedics arrived she heard them say "there's nothing we can do".

"She's gone.

"It's worse than awful. It's just really, really sad. I can feel the family's pain already and they don't even know."

Police said the cyclist was in her 50s.

The driver was distraught, the witness said.

"I feel really sorry for him."

Police had spoken to the driver at the scene and were interviewing witnesses.
 
The police serious crash unit was examining the site. The intersection was closed and police expected cordons to remain in place until later this morning.

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