Petone: Truck Driver guilty of Cyclist death

A truck driver has been found guilty causing the death of a senior police officer.

In a reserved decision, Judge Tom Broadmore found Desmond Wilson, 45, of Porirua guilty of causing the death of Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald through careless driving.

It followed a three-day trial in Lower Hutt District Court in August.

Mr Fitzgerald, a road safety expert, was knocked from his bicycle by Wilson’s truck and was crushed under its rear wheels at the intersection of Hutt Rd and The Esplanade in Petone in June last year.

Judge Broadmore said he was satisified that Wilson had diverted his attention from the road and that Mr Fitzgerald was well able to be seen.

He will be sentenced later.

Via NZPA

This was an ugly accident on a busy intersection in Winter. No doubt new road improvements at this intersection at Petone will hopefully protect cycle accidents in this area. The issue around access to SH2 both on and off should be alleviated by this new entrance, thank god. The real issue is around cyclist protection on NZ roads, and the current disrespect that the major of motorists have toward them.

Stokes Valley: Motorcyclist rescued in hills by Westpac Helicopter

The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter rescued a man who fell from his motorbike while riding on firebreaks above Stokes Valley.

The helicopter, with two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard was called to the scene, above Stokes Valley around 3.30pm.

Initially it was difficult to locate the 25yr old Stokes Valley man due to them not having any cell phone. Once the Wellington Rescue Helicopter was in the area they were able to land nearby to some other motorcyclist and get some more information

Once the Helicopter arrived on scene the patient was treated ny the Welington Free Paramedics and then loaded into the Helicopter

The man was transported to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where he is currently being treated and assessed.

Wainuiomata: Motorbike accident

Two brothers in Wainuiomata had a lucky escape on Saturday night.

A 22 year-old man and his brother were riding together on a motorbike when it went off the road and down a bank, shortly before 11pm. They spent three hours stuck down the bank, unable to get back up onto the road because of serious leg injuries.

A local farmer and daughter riding past spotted the pair and alerted emergency services.

The men were both airlifted to Wellington Hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.

Upper Hutt: Major Fire accident

According to the NZ Police site:

“At approximately 12.45 pm Police and Fire emergency services attended an explosion in a garage at an address in Upper Hutt.”

We retweeted earlier about this incident in Te Marua courtesy @esquirescoffee

“A 20 year old male, an 18 year old female and a young baby were present in the garage at the time.

The 20 year old male is in a critical condition in Middlemore Hospital suffering extensive burns to his body.

The female and young baby escaped with minor burns and are to remain in Hutt Hospital over night.

It appears that the explosion was the result of a welding accident.

Fire Service and Police are still investigating”

No further details will be released until Sunday