Truck driver 'not coping at all'

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 16:50 03/04/2014
Sharla Phyllis Haerewa
TRAGIC DEATH: Sharla Phyllis Haerewa, 22, was hit by a truck on Lincoln Road.

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The truck driver who struck and killed student nurse Sharla Haerewa as she cycled to Christchurch Hospital is ''traumatised'' by the crash.

The Bidvest truck driver, who is in his 70s, has been off work since he hit and killed the 22-year-old on Lincoln Rd, near Domain Tce, about 6.40am on Wednesday.

Bidvest Food Service Christchurch general manager Greg McGale said the man had been driving for at least 20 years.

He had the correct licence, a clean driving record and there was no warning he could be at risk of a driving incident. 

''He is traumatised totally. He's not coping at all. He's having constant counselling. Everybody is deeply saddened,'' McGale said. 

McGale offered his condolences to Haerewa's family and friends, and said he planned to visit the family at an appropriate time. 

McGale said driving in Christchurch was particularly difficult for truck drivers. 

''They're all so aware of so much road works. It's so difficult driving for those guys at the moment.''

The company was still waiting to learn if he would be charged over the crash, which was the first serious incident for the company in its 14 years operating in Christchurch.

Police are considering laying charges against the driver, but say it is too early for a decision to be made. 

They were still interviewing witnesses and were yet to formally interview the truck driver, a police spokesman said. 

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