Truck driver charged over crash that killed Canberra cyclist

A truck driver has been charged over the death of a Canberra cyclist after a crash on the NSW-ACT border on Saturday, police say.

The cyclist, a 49-year-old New Zealand national who lived in Canberra, died at the scene after the accident on the Federal Highway at Sutton about 8.15am, Saturday.

"A 49-year-old man rode his push bike along the breakdown lane in a southerly direction. At the same time a 38-year-old Sydney man drove a pantech truck in the same direction. Police allege the truck veered into the breakdown lane colliding with the cyclist, resulting in the cyclist sustaining critical injuries where he passed away at the scene," police said in a statement.

A cyclist has died after being hit by a truck on Federal Highway, going towards Canberra.
 Photo: Jamila Toderas

A cyclist has died after being hit by a truck on Federal Highway, going towards Canberra. Photo: Jamila Toderas

"The driver of the truck, a 38-year-old man, wasn’t injured but was taken to Queanbeyan Hospital for mandatory testing.

"Following inquiries by the Lake Illawarra Crash Investigation Unit, the man was arrested and taken to Queanbeyan Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death."

Several hours after the incident, a damaged bicycle was still visible on the side of the road, with a plain white truck parked further up while police attended the scene.

Riding along the Federal Highway after the incident was Greg Little, who said he had ridden that stretch of road for five years and hadn't experienced any issues or seen any close calls with cyclists.

"You get the odd moron that honks their horn," Mr Little said.

"Most drivers are pretty good though, especially in Canberra with the new road rules."

The highway was closed until about 2pm Saturday, creating long delays for traffic.

The truck driver, from Glendenning, was given bail to appear at Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday, March 25.