Cyclist's death prompts calls for Hagley Park fix

Cyclist's death prompts calls for Hagley Park fix

There are calls for council action over a cyclist's death in a deep culvert which runs through Christchurch's Hagley Park.

At least one other person has drowned at the unmarked spot and friends and family of the latest victim want to prevent future tragedies.

Flowers and tributes now mark the spot where Darrel Thomas plunged into the culvert.

Cycling late at night and in the dark, he fell 3 metres and then drowned.

Kyle Scully, a close friend of Mr Thomas says if signs were posted around the dangerous area, his friend may still be here.

"If they had lights with signs, or a fence around there, I'm pretty sure my friend Darrel would be here right now."

There are no signs around the two culverts in the park and in the dark they're pretty hard to make out.

They proved fatal for at least one other student, who fell to his death and drowned in 2013.

Today, police acknowledged the concerns around signs and lights but referred them to the city council.

3 News tried to get an interview with the council, but they instead sent a one line statement, refusing to comment as the case is before the coroner.

Mr Scully says the council need to act before anybody else falls victim to the culvert.

"How many more people does it have to take to actually die in that culvert before there is actually something done about it?"

The funeral will be held on Friday, but the gap in the family's lives, will go on for much longer.

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