Twilight road safety alert after cyclist in collision

POLICE have urged drivers to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians in the early evening darkness after an incident on Thursday evening in which a four-wheel-drive vehicle came into collision with a teenager on a bicycle at the Stanley Road-Childers Road roundabout.

It happened around 5.45pm and the 19-year-old male rider was knocked off his bike.

His family said he was “a bit battered, and the bike was wrecked”.

The vehicle involved was heading towards the city. It is described as a teal-coloured 4x4, possibly a Honda CRV.

“We told police about it and they are looking into it. But they told us there was not much to go on as there was only one witness, who was more concerned with our son and making sure he was not dead,” the teen’s mum told The Herald.

“We were amazed he was not too badly hurt.

“Fortunately, he was wearing his helmet.

“This accident could have had a very different outcome.”

Sergeant Dean Plowman from Tairawhiti road police said anyone with information about the collision should contact them.

“With the evenings still quite dark at twilight, and people riding bikes or walking home, motorists should be cautious.

“We urge bike riders and pedestrians to keep themselves safe and make sure to be seen.”

POLICE have urged drivers to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians in the early evening darkness after an incident on Thursday evening in which a four-wheel-drive vehicle came into collision with a teenager on a bicycle at the Stanley Road-Childers Road roundabout.

It happened around 5.45pm and the 19-year-old male rider was knocked off his bike.

His family said he was “a bit battered, and the bike was wrecked”.

The vehicle involved was heading towards the city. It is described as a teal-coloured 4x4, possibly a Honda CRV.

“We told police about it and they are looking into it. But they told us there was not much to go on as there was only one witness, who was more concerned with our son and making sure he was not dead,” the teen’s mum told The Herald.

“We were amazed he was not too badly hurt.

“Fortunately, he was wearing his helmet.

“This accident could have had a very different outcome.”

Sergeant Dean Plowman from Tairawhiti road police said anyone with information about the collision should contact them.

“With the evenings still quite dark at twilight, and people riding bikes or walking home, motorists should be cautious.

“We urge bike riders and pedestrians to keep themselves safe and make sure to be seen.”

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