New Zealand lorry driver charged after German cyclist's death
Tourist had warned of truck dangers days before being killed in January

A lorry driver in New Zealand has been charged with careless driving causing death after a German tourist was killed by a truck while on a cycling holiday in the country in January.

The victim, 19-year-old Mia Pusch, died after being hit by a truck on State Highway Three near Bulls just days after writing about the danger she felt from speeding lorry drivers on the country’s roads.

In her final post on her blog, she had said: "When one is a cyclist on New Zealand roads, one is not only torn from one's daydreams by diving-bombing magpies but is more often threatened by a more nasty species that really requires more attention: truck drivers."

The teenager, who came from Fulda, north-east of Frankfurt, had arrived in New Zealand in October last year as part of an extended solo cycling holiday through New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald has now reported that a 65-year-old lorry driver from Whanganui, North Island, has been charged with careless driving causing death and will appear before Marton District Court next month.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.