Christchurch truck driver sentenced for second cyclist death

Christchurch truck driver sentenced for second cyclist death

A Christchurch truck driver who struck and killed a cyclist has been sentenced to four months community detention and 200 hours' community work after failing to give way at an intersection.

David Connell, 51, stood quietly in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday as he was sentenced on the charge of careless driving causing death.

When he turned a corner on Carmen Road and Waterloo Road in Hornby on September 29, 2014, he crushed a cyclist who was passing through.

Connell pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier in the year.

Taiwanese tourist Ming-Chih Hsieh, 33, was struck and killed instantly in the accident when he was crushed under the wheels of Connell's truck and trailer unit.

This isn't the first time Connell has been behind the wheel of a truck in similar circumstances.

In 2005, he was responsible for the death of Stephen Avery on the Kapiti Coast. 

On that occasion Connell pleaded guilty to the charge of careless driving causing death. He was fined $2000 and disqualified for nine months for the first time offence.

In addition to the sentencing on Tuesday, Connell was ordered to pay more than $7000 in reparations to the family of the Mr Hsieh and disqualified for driving for 12 months. 

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