Young cyclist's life support switched off
Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:55a.m.
A teenage mountain-biker who crashed into a ute in Upper Hutt last week has died after his life support was switched off.
The 14-year-old St Patrick's College, Silverstream, student, Zelius Venter, crashed on his mountain-bike into the side of a ute on Thursday. Family had been waiting for relatives overseas to arrive home before deciding whether to switch off his life support late yesterday, Fairfax Media reported.
The teenager suffered serious head and chest injuries in the accident and was flown to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition.
The driver of the ute, a 53-year-old from Upper Hutt, told police he had caught a glimpse of a mountain-biker hurtling down a track moments before the impact.
"He tried to swerve to avoid him, but the cyclist struck him in the side of the vehicle," Detective Sergeant Dean Simpson said.
Hutt Valley area commander Inspector Mike Hill said the area was used by mountain-bikers, as well as off-road vehicles and logging trucks. Zelius and the driver were heading in the same direction but met at a Y intersection.
It was a "horrible, tragic" event where "moments either side" could have made a difference, he said.
No charges have been laid but police investigations are continuing.
Zelius was a competitive mountain-biker, winning an under-15 race earlier this year.
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19/07/2012 11:04:46 a.m.
Zelius was a very talented young man and came from a very sporty and loving family. Dave you are right, he loved his mountain biking and was such an active 14 year old. I am blessed that his Mum has taught my son for 2 years at primary school (at different levels). Such a wonderful woman, my heart breaks for her every day.
16/07/2012 4:36:43 p.m.
Brendon Carr wrote:
R.I.P Zelius, you will be missed!! A great friend gone way too soon...
16/07/2012 2:10:34 p.m.
sounds like a tragic accident. Maybe they should set times when they only have mountains bikes in the area, and when no biking should occur. Either way accidents will still happen. At least he died doing what he loved and was out there, not sitting stoned on the couch
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