Bicycle NSW wishes to convey its condolences to the family and friends of a man who died in hospital today after he was hit earlier this week whilst riding his bike. We also share our best wishes for the recovery of his riding companion, who was also hit.
On Wednesday 15 April 2020 two cyclists were struck by a ute turning into a driveway on Central Bucca Road at Bucca, about 20km north of Coffs Harbour.
Emergency services were called to the scene just before 6:45am, where they treated two men aged 47 at the scene for multiple injuries, before they were taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
One of the riders was airlifted in a critical condition to Gold Coast University Hospital, where he died this morning (Friday 17 April 2020). The other man remains in a serious but stable condition at John Hunter Hospital.
The 63 year old male driver of the ute was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for mandatory testing and returned a negative result.
“This is terrible news and the eighth death of a bike rider in 2020. We feel angry and sad that road safety messages don’t seem to be getting through,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“COVID-19 measures mean more people are riding bikes to commute, access good and services or to exercise. We urgently need drivers to slow down and look out for bikes,” said Bastien.
Investigations by Coffs-Clarence District Police are ongoing and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.