Truck driver charged after ramming cyclist in central Christchurch

Video footage has emerged of a truck ramming a cyclist on central Christchurch’s St Asaph St.

The video was posted to UpRide, a website that tracks close calls and crashes between vehicles and cyclists.

A police spokeswoman said a 65-year-old man had been charged with dangerous driving causing injury. He was due to reappear in court in December, she said.

The time code on the video indicates the incident happened just after 7.40pm on August 3.

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The truck can be seen following the cyclist closely throughout the video, which lasts for nearly two minutes.

A cyclist rides on a cyclelane in Christchurch. (File photo)

David Walker/Stuff A cyclist rides on a cyclelane in Christchurch. (File photo)

The cyclist was not using the dedicated cycleway that runs along St Asaph St.

The NZ Transport Agency recommends cyclists use cycle lanes or paths when they are available, but they do not have to do so.

The video, which has been viewed more than 25,000 times on Facebook, cuts out after the cyclist is hit, near the intersection of St Asaph St and Antigua St.

It was unclear what injuries the cyclist sustained.

Stuff

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