Truck driver charged over death of Canberra cyclist

Glynis Quinlan 10 February 2019 3
Queanbeyan Local Court

The truck driver has been given bail to appear at Queanbeyan Local Court on March 25. File photo of the court.

A truck driver has been charged following the death of a Canberra cyclist near the NSW/ACT border around 8:15 am yesterday (February 9).

Late yesterday, the 38-year-old truck driver from the Sydney suburb of Glendenning was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death.

Emergency services were called to the Federal Highway at Sutton early yesterday morning after a 49-year-old cyclist was hit by a truck.

The cyclist, who was a New Zealand national but lived in Canberra, died on the scene.

Traffic diversions were put in place after the crash, disrupting southbound traffic on the Federal Highway. The lane was reopened around 1:45 pm.

The truck driver wasn’t injured but was taken to Queanbeyan Hospital for mandatory testing.

In a statement NSW Police said that, following inquiries by the Lake Illawarra Crash Investigation Unit, the truck driver was arrested and taken to Queanbeyan Police Station where the charges were laid.

The man has been given bail to appear at Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday 25 March 2019.

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3 Responses to Truck driver charged over death of Canberra cyclist
bigred bigred 7:19 am 12 Feb 19

My sympathies to the family having to digest this needless tragedy. Also, I look forward to reading about the truck driver’s trial over the coming months.

Bigdv8 Bigdv8 2:11 pm 10 Feb 19

I’m always sorry to hear about a road fatality, but as aotorbike rider, I can’t see themlogic of such a slow moving bike being so close to high speed cars, 4wds and trucks.. Its hard enough to be on a motor bike and I have a helmet, armoured clothes and lights… not to mention I am going the same or similar speed, so I am easier to see… while I admire their sport i think its too risky to ride so close to regular traffic..

    Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 11:38 am 12 Feb 19

    Well it seems surfers are fairly regularly bitten or killed by sharks – but it doesn’t stop them surfing. The highway is generally a great place to ride. Plenty of room, nice smooth roads – and generally much less risk of not being seen, compared to riding in a cycle lane.

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