Two years have passed since hundreds of Wellington riders gathered to mark the death of two riders.
On 26 June 2008 Wellington cyclists organised a memorial ride as a mark of respect for the two riders, Des Eyre and Superindendant Steve Fitzgerald, killed on 19 June. Cyclists gathered at Parliament. After a brief opportunity to speak, we departed Parliament, and rode along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road to Petone Roundabout. We paused there, then rode back to Wellington. The ride commemorated and honoured the lives of the riders.
We remember them.
Does anyone know if the
Does anyone know if the coroner investigated these deaths?
Andrew Macbeth was following
Andrew Macbeth was following this up. Check with him.
Coroner's inquest to start
I had a called from Lower Hutt Police yesterday saying that the Coroner will be running an inquiry, and inviting CAN to make a submission.
I'll check the timing and process.
Info about coroners here.
Who would like to pick this up?
Perhaps we could suggest NZ catch up with Europe:
Europe mandates Side Under Run Protection Devices designed to prevent or mitigate this kind of crash:
"Council Directive 89/297/EEC mandates side underrun protection on heavy goods vehicles to prevent pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists from falling under the wheels of the heavy good vehicle when it turns."
RIP Fitz and Des
Saturday 19 June is the second anniversary of a black day for cycling in Wellington region. Steve Fitzgerald and Des Eyre were killed in road crashes on 19 June 2008. On 26 June 2008 Wellington cyclists organised a memorial ride from Parliament to Petone as a mark of respect for the two riders.
After lobbying from CAN, the Coroner has agreed to investigate. We'll bring you more news as it happens.