The cyclist injured in a crash that killed a Taranaki father remains in hospital in a stable condition more than a week later, the district’s health board has confirmed. The 66-year-old was cycling on State Highway 3 outside New Plymouth between Airport Dr and Wills Rd on Monday, November 7 when about 9.30am Wallace Noel Flay, who was driving a ute, was headed east toward Waitara, North Taranaki. Flay and the westbound light truck collided. The truck was sent off the highway, crashing into the cyclist. The truck driver and the cyclist escaped serious injury, but it is understood that the cyclist, who is involved in athletics, has undergone four operations on his legs. ‘‘He has been admitted to an inpatient ward and is currently in a stable condition,’’ a spokesperson for the Taranaki Base Hospital said on Tuesday. The driver of the ute,
39-year-old Flay, a father of two young sons and step-father to a
17-year-old daughter, was killed. Flay’s funeral was held at Eagar’s Te Henui Chapel in New Plymouth on Monday. The cause of the fatal accident is still being investigated by the police serious crash unit.