Man goes on trial for top cop killing

20:30, Aug 05 2009
Steve Fitzgerald
Police Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald was killed in June last year.

A truck driver has gone on trial at the Lower Hutt District Court today, charged with killing one of New Zealand's top police officers.

Desmond Wilson is accused of careless driving causing death, after hitting Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald in June last year.

Cyclist Mr Fitzgerald, national manager of police communications centres, died when he and a truck and trailer unit collided on The Esplanade at Petone while he was cycling home from work.

The case is expected to take four days.