i feel bad for the guy driving the van. he's gonna have a hard time dealing with this.John Mayers was riding near Blenheim at about 12.30am when he was hit by the heavy van, which was travelling in the same direction.
He was pronounced dead after being taken to Wairau Hospital by ambulance.
An initial investigation into the crash revealed Mr Mayers was wearing dark clothing and had no lights on his bike, police said.
NZ law (and common sense) requires lights and reflectors when riding at night. and this was on a highway, not some back-road. based on this report, it's hard for me to have any sympathy for the guy on the bike.