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Traffic light timing crucial in death of pedestrian hit by cyclist

On Friday, a coronial hearing into Mr Mackenzie’s death was told VicRoads data shows the pedestrian crossing signal was red when the elderly man was hit, while the set of traffic lights facing cars were green.

However, the coroner was also told all witnesses unanimously said that shortly before and at the time of the collision, motor vehicle traffic was “stopped and solid” on Jacka Boulevard for some distance on both sides of the pedestrian crossing in question, opposite the Peters Boulevard Ice Creamery Kiosk, between Luna Park and Fitzroy Street.

Mr Remick has not faced any charges in connection to the collision.

His Cervelo S5 racing bike was fitted with a Garmin GPS cycling computer, which was operating and recording data when the collision occurred.

If VicRoads data and the GPS data line up, the pedestrian signal would have been red for 74 seconds when Mr Mackenzie was hit, and the traffic lights would have been green for 71 seconds.

It could be the case that Mr Mackenzie began crossing the road on a green pedestrian signal, but did not reach the other side before the lights changed.

He would have had up to 29 seconds to cross the road from when the pedestrian signal turned green to when the traffic light turned green, going by the VicRoads data.

A police officer from the Major Collision Investigation Unit determined that Mr Remick was travelling at 40.9km/h. The speed limit on that section of the road is 40km/h.

When Mr Mackenzie was hit, he fell down and hit his head on the concrete curb. He was taken to The Alfred hospital, but died that night.

Mr Mackenzie’s son, Alastair Mackenzie, called for compulsory registration of bicycles and licensing for cyclists in the wake of his father’s death.

Alastair said his father was “extremely vigilant when it comes to crossing roads”.

He said his father was teaching his pet dog to be aware of traffic and making her sit and wait for the light to go green. When he was hit, his pockets were full of dog treats, his son said.

The inquest is set to continue, and will consider the state of traffic around where the collision happened, the speed the bicycle was going, and the sequence of events.

Yan is a reporter for The Age.

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