Em­ployee who abused cy­clist apol­o­gises

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - GE­ORGE BLOCK

A TEENAGER who urged his truck driver col­league to run down a cy­clist has apol­o­gised for his be­hav­iour.

An ex­ple­tive­laden video showed two em­ploy­ees of Clear­wa­ter Civil sit­ting in the cab of their truck as they trav­elled be­hind a cy­clist in Por­to­bello Rd on Otago Penin­sula.

The pas­sen­ger urged the driver to run over the cy­clist, be­fore un­leash­ing a tor­rent of abuse at the un­wit­ting rider.

Ac­cord­ing to Clear­wa­ter Civil, the abuser was a 16­year­old con­trac­tor who worked for the com­pany.

The mother of the boy told Me­di­aWorks her son was re­morse­ful and his at­ti­tude did not re­flect his own opin­ions or those of the com­pany.

He ‘‘deeply re­grets’’ his com­ments and ‘‘un­der­es­ti­mated how se­ri­ously his com­ments would be taken’’.

Clear­wa­ter Civil said in a state­ment it had con­cluded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

‘‘We are sat­is­fied that the young man in­volved is very re­gret­ful of his ac­tions.’’

Mean­while, a planned meet­ing be­tween Steel & Tube staff and a cy­clist who com­plained af­ter a con­trac­tor’s truck was parked over a cy­cle­way in Fry­att St was not held yes­ter­day be­cause the cy­clist de­cided not to at­tend.

The cy­clist said he did not at­tend the meet­ing be­cause he did not believe staff from the con­trac­tor com­pany, Fair­field Trans­port, had re­sponded to ques­tions about the in­ci­dent ac­cu­rately.

—Ad­di­tional re­port­ing NZME.

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