Injured cyclist dies in Brisbane hospital

By HELEN JACK

A CYCLIST knocked down by a motorist on Ewingsdale Road at Byron Bay on Sunday night has died.

The 55-year-old Byron Bay man was riding his bicycle west along the cycle track, parallel to Ewingsdale Road, about Pam.

He tried to cross the road at the crossing just east of Sunset Boulevard, but was knocked down by a 19-year-old woman driving a Toyota Camry.

The man sustained head injuries and was taken to Byron Bay Hospital before being transferred to Tweed Heads Hospital and then to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Police yesterday had not yet released the name of the man. However, they confirmed he died about 4pm on Tuesday as a result of his injuries.

It is understood that the man??s family was with him at the hospital when he died.

Police said their inquiries into the cause of the collision were continuing and they were asking witnesses to the incident to contact Byron Bay police on 6685 9499. Police yesterday afternoon had not yet interviewed the female driver, who was reported to be suffering from shock. No charges have been laid.

Blood samples taken from both the cyclist and the female driver were yesterday still being analysed.

Snr Const Stuart Turner, of the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit, said it appeared the cyclist had ridden into the west-bound traffic lane and into the path of the car.

Byron Shire Council??s asset management services director, Brett Lee, said the section of cycleway where the accident occurred was redeveloped in 2005 with funding from the NSW Government??s Black Spot Program.

??The crossing was refurbished with new signs, road and pavement markings,?? he said.

??The track was extended on each side of Ewingsdale Road to link with the existing cycle track.??

Mr Lee said the blister in the middle of the crossing existed before the crossing??s 2005 refurbishment.

He said council got the funding because of the high number of accidents that had taken place between 1996 and 2005 in the vicinity of Sunset Boulevard.

??There had been about 12 accidents in that area over that 10 year period,?? he said.

With those refurbishments still less than two years old, Mr Lee said that the council did not have any plans to do further work on the?s crossing.



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