Rider hurt in crash

A food delivery scooter rider was flown to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition after a crash with a car in central Queenstown yesterday.

Senior Constable Julian Cahill, of Queenstown police, said the Food on Q rider suffered a chest injury when he rear-ended a vehicle that had stopped at a pedestrian crossing outside the Crowne Plaza hotel, in Lake Esplanade, about 12.30pm.

The rider ‘‘may have been distracted’’ when he ran into the vehicle, hitting a bike rack mounted on the back, Snr Const Cahill said.

Several passersby helped the injured man until emergency services arrived.

The vehicle was being driven by a Wanaka couple returning from a camping trip near the resort.

A St John spokesman said the rider was initially taken to Lakes District Hospital before being flown by helicopter to Dunedin.

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