Cyclist in hospital after collision with car

A car and bicycle collided in Invercargill, at the intersection of Dee and Tay streets. The cyclist was taken to hospital.
A car and bicycle collided in Invercargill, at the intersection of Dee and Tay streets. The cyclist was taken to hospital.

A 76-year-old Irish woman was taken to Southland Hospital with moderate injuries after a collision between a bicycle and a car at the intersection of Dee and Tay streets yesterday.

Constable Jenna Croton, of Invercargill, said the woman had been travelling south through the intersection on her bike just before 1pm when she went into the eastbound lane.

She thought she had been seen by a 55-year-old male driver travelling in the same direction, however he did not see her and they collided.

Ms Croton said the woman was thrown over the bonnet of the car, and smashed the windscreen, landing in the middle of the intersection.

Ms Croton praised the quick actions of people in the area at the time, who directed traffic until police and ambulance arrived.

The cyclist was wearing a fluorescent vest and a helmet, which had not been damaged. The driver of the car that hit the cyclist was shaken, she said.

The woman was conscious when she was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Investigations into the collision were continuing, Ms Croton said.

The Southland Times