Trucker driver on trial for accident that killed cyclist, had blind spots

Trucker driver on trial for accident that killed cyclist, had blind spots

A truck driver, who is on trial for an accident that killed Taiwanese cycle tourist Ming-Chih Hsieh in Hornby on 29 September, 2014, had significant blind spots as he truned his vehicle on an intersection, a court heard.

The truck driver, David Peter Connell, who is 51 years old, is on trial in the Christchurch District Court and is accused of careless driving and causing the death of the Taiwanese national. Witnesses said that Connell was driving the large vehicle slowly as he moved off from the lights in Carmen Rd and turned left into Waterloo Road at around 12.30pm.

The cyclist was riding straight ahead in a cycle lane after coming up besides the truck, which was indicating a left hand turn, heard Judge Gary MacAskill.Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier stated that the truck and the cycle moved forward simultaneously when the lights turned green. While the truck turned left he drove over the cyclist, who immediately died due to the crash.

The driver has said that he did not see the cyclist and examinations have found that the driver had significant blind spots. Boshier said, "The allegation in this case is carelessness. The defendant was driving an extremely large vehicle which he knew had significant blind spots. He, as the turning vehicle, had to give way to any cyclist proceeding straight through the intersection on his left."

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