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Police hunting truck driver over CBD hit and run
The truck driver who allegedly struck a cyclist in Melbourne's CBD this morning has told Police he wasn't aware of what happened.
The accident occurred at the corner of Exhibition and Little Collins Streets after 9:30am today, leaving a male cyclist in a critical condition with injuries to the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
Police said the 31-year-old cyclist was riding parallel with the truck. Witnesses said the rider became trapped between the truck and a parked car, then toppled over and went under three wheels of the truck.
Onlookers say the truck stopped briefly a short distance on before continuing down Exhibition Street. The driver of the truck told Police he was not aware of what took place.
Transport reporter for The Age, Adam Carey, arrived on the scene shortly after the man was hit.
"I saw the helmet and it was in little pieces in the gutter," he told Derryn Hinch.
"There was blood inside the helmet and there was a bit of blood coming from his head as well."
LISTEN: Age reporter Adam Carey speaks with Derryn Hinch:
Just shows bikes & other forms of transport cannot coexist on the same carriageway safely. Time australian cities and government officials woke up to the benefits of totally segregated bikeways for better transport efficiency for all modes, and cater for the utilitarian rider/young kids & elderly and not just tour de france hopefulls.MIKE Friday 16 November, 2012 - 9:13 AM
this is why cyclist should be banned from riding on any victorian road...garry Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 7:58 AM
The 'blame the truck driver' crowd will come out in force, but how do you expect the truck driver to see the entire perimiter of his truck, especially with small kamikaze objects weaving in and out of busy city traffic, chopping between lanes and slicing through the narrowest of gaps?
Shane (5:12pm) - if the trailer ran over the victim (I'm pretty sure the shot accompanying this story is not where the rider was), not even a bump would have been transmitted to the cab, especially in busy stop-start city traffic.
Sad story, but a bit of space for people sharing the roadway is required as well as a healthy respect for each road user.Solomon's Sword Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 2:07 AM
Well seeing everyday as how many cyclists, run red lights, go on and off footpaths, weave in and out from cars, overtake other cyclists by riding in car lanes, I'm not surprised this happened. You want to share the road then obe the road rules !Mrx Monday 12 November, 2012 - 9:33 PM
That scenario could be very possible Shane. You've seen all the facts?caz Monday 12 November, 2012 - 7:54 PM
@ Shane, glad you are an expert on this, wait,no, just another loud mouth, if you knew anything about semi trailers,you would know that a cyclist would not even be felt under the tri axle,and the driver would be looking ahead after glancing in his mirrors.
A tad too quick to throw accusations aroundmike f Monday 12 November, 2012 - 6:47 PM