A cyclist has become the first person to die on South Australia’s roads this year after he was hit by a car in Adelaide’s western suburbs early this morning.
- The 60-year-old Brighton man died at the scene
- The driver, a 51-year-old from Grange, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving
- Police have again pleaded with drivers to take care
The 60-year-old Brighton man was struck by the car on Seaview Road at Henley Beach and died at the scene, with police called to the area just before 7:30am.
The driver of the car a 51-year-old Grange man has been charged.
SA Police said the circumstances were still being investigated.
“Unfortunately the cyclist has died and that’s the first fatality for 2021,” Acting Assistant Commissioner John Venditto said.
“It happened just after 7:00am.
“As to the facts and circumstances that will come out later once the investigators have had a chance to do their job.”
The driver has been arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving and aggravated driving without due care.
He was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for a health assessment, and then to the City Watch House.
Details surrounding the crash are still being investigated.(ABC News: Simon Christie)
Debris from the bike was strewn across Seaview Road, which was closed between Marlborough Road and Reedie Street.
Police are expecting roads to be busier this holiday season, and have again reminded people to take care on the roads.
“I would anticipate that there would be more traffic on the roads because people can’t go interstate, they’re going to be travelling more [within SA],” the acting assistant commissioner said.
“The thing that’s really obvious is it’s not that hard if you just drive and concentrate on driving with your seatbelt on and don’t speed, you don’t die.”
Last year there were 95 deaths and 695 serious injuries on South Australia’s roads, compared with 114 deaths in 2019.