Police seek help for Christchurch traffic incidents

Last updated 07:57 25/05/2013
The vehicle believed to have been involved in a crash with a cyclist at the Peterborough/Victoria Street intersection, possibly a Nissan Prairie or similar.
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The vehicle believed to have been involved in a crash with a cyclist at the Peterborough/Victoria Street intersection, possibly a Nissan Prairie or similar.

The vehicle believed to have been involved in a crash with a cyclist at the Peterborough/Victoria Street intersection, possibly a Nissan Prairie or similar.
The vehicle believed to have been involved in a crash with a cyclist at the Peterborough/Victoria Street intersection, possibly a Nissan Prairie or similar.

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Police are appealing for help after two serious traffic incidents earlier this month, one of which left a cyclist with serious injuries.
Investigators are looking for a motorist who fled the scene of a crash in the central city after a collision with a cyclist, on the morning of Wednesday 8 May.

The cyclist, a 47-year old man, was knocked off his bike and suffered fractures to his spine and neck after being struck by a car at the intersection of Peterborough and Victoria Streets at around 6.40am. He is now recovering at home.

Police say the car turned right from Peterborough into Victoria Street, travelling north, colliding side-on with the bike, which was travelling south on Victoria Street.

The car is reported to have driven off from the scene. A taxi briefly followed the car but was unable to identify the vehicle's registration.

Police have reviewed security camera footage from the area but have been unable to identify the offending vehicle, which appears to be similar to a Nissan Prairie, two-tone - possibly green and cream in colour. 

Constable Jason Brown, of the crash investigation unit, says Police are appealing for the driver of the car to come forward, or for anyone who can help identify the vehicle or the driver to contact Police.

Investigators would also like to speak to any witnesses who have not yet been spoken to by Police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Brown at Christchurch police on (03) 3637400.

In the second incident, Police are appealing for witnesses who assisted at a crash near Tower Junction on Thursday 16 May to contact them.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Whiteleigh Ave and Troup Drive at about 10.07am.

Constable Glen Alder says a black Honda Rafaga, travelling south on Whiteleigh Ave, collided with a red and silver Toyota Rav 4 that was turning right into Troup Drive.

A number of witnesses stopped and gave assistance but have not made contact with Police.

Nobody was injured in the incident, but both cars suffered extensive damage. Road conditions were dry and traffic moderate at the time.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Constable Alder on (03) 3637460.


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