Po­lice be­lieve cy­cle death a hit-and-run

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Adam Poulsen

Po­lice are treat­ing a cy­cling fa­tal­ity near Ger­ald­ton yes­ter­day as a hit-and-run.

A Perth man be­lieved to be aged in his 40s or 50s and in Ger­ald­ton on busi­ness was found with se­ri­ous in­juries near Verita Road, south of Wan­d­ina, about 5.45am.

St John Am­bu­lance of­fi­cers treated the man but he died at the scene.

Mid­west Gas­coyne District Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Bell said po­lice be­lieved the cy­clist was struck by a heavy ve­hi­cle, pos­si­bly a truck.

“The of­fend­ing ve­hi­cle wasn’t at the scene so we are treat­ing it as a hit-and run, and that may change if other in­for­ma­tion comes to light, but no­body has come forth at this point,” Supt Bell said.

“We are ask­ing wit­nesses who saw any­thing or who have seen any dam­aged ve­hi­cles head­ing south to con­tact po­lice. Ma­jor crash is in at­ten­dance and will be tak­ing over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

A WA Po­lice spokes­woman said it was be­lieved the cy­clist and ve­hi­cle in ques­tion were trav­el­ling south in the left lane when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. She said it was ap­peared the cy­clist was struck near the pas­sen­ger side head­light of the ve­hi­cle be­fore be­ing thrown onto the gravel road shoul­der.

Any­one who saw the in­ci­dent is asked to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or make a re­port at crimestop­pers.wa.com.au.

Pic­ture: Adam Poulsen

Supt Mike Bell.

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