How Tamaki Drive Cyclist Died
UPDATES: Another cyclist has died. It’s the woman critically injured after a group of cyclists she was riding with was struck by a car near Morrinsville on Sunday. Police say she died this morning in Waikato Hospital.
Kay Heather Wolfe, 45, of Gordonton had been one of 10 cyclists from the Morrinsville Wheelers Cycling Club travelling in a group along the Morrinsville-Walton Rd when a car driven by a 23-year-old woman crossed the centreline on a corner and crashed into the group.
Two male cyclists, Mark Andrew Ferguson, 46, and Wilhelm Muller, 71, died at the scene while Ms Wolfe suffered critical injuries and was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance.
A fourth cyclist suffered minor injuries while the driver was also taken to hospital for treatment.
The woman killed last night on Tamaki Drive has been named. She was Jane Mary Bishop, a U.K. citizen working in New Zealand temporarily.
Police say that the 27 year old female cyclist killed at rush hour tonight on Tamaki Drive had taken evasion action to avoid a parked motorist who had opened a car door.
She then fell under a truck travelling alongside her.
She was trapped under the truck for sometime but efforts to save here proved unsuccessful. She died at scene.
Police remind motorists to check thoroughly for cyclists before opening car doors or pulling out from parked positions.
The section of Tamaki Drive was closed for nearly three hours, right through the peak time.
Police are trying to reach the cyclist’s next of kin and say it may be tomorrow morning before her name is released.
Last weekend, 3 cyclists died on the roads, prompting the cycling group CAN to call for new safety measures.
CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan says news of the deaths has highlighted the need for New Zealand’s roads to be made safer for people cycling and those wanting to take it up.
“There are Government strategies and programmes to promote cycling and cycle safety, but we haven’t seen enough changes on the street yet. Urgent action is needed. This will require a lot more resources and leadership to make changes.”
After the vigorous Auckland City council-led debate about cycling safety along the Auckland waterwfront, work began in May to introduce a number of agreed initiatives with two changes. These were a city-bound morning clearway (no parking)and an east-bound evening clearway. The evening clearway will now begin at the first street light east of Kohimarama Yacht Club. Due to insufficient lane width, the proposal to widen the existing on-street parking for wide boat trailers was considered to be not feasible and was dropped.
In the accident that prompted the debate, four cyclists were injured – one seriously – after being hit by a car.
A a 20 year-old woman later faced four charges of careless driving causing injury. In February in the Auckland court, she was was fined $4000 and disqualified from driving for six months, which some cycling advocates said wasn’t enough.