Cyclist's death admitted

By Sandra Conchie


A Tauriko man has admitted he caused the death of Tauranga father-of-two David Armstrong who was knocked off his bike while cycling through The Lakes subdivision in January.

Dillon Michael Bishop, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter when he was arraigned for trial in the High Court at Rotorua yesterday.

The charge relates to Bishop's engaging in an unlawful act or acts while operating a Nissan Skyline car on a road causing the death of David Peter Armstrong.

In particular, the Crown says that Bishop engaged in the unlawful act of dangerous driving and/or omitted without lawful excuse to observe reasonable precautions and use reasonable care while driving to avoid danger to human life.

Mr Armstrong, 50, from Bethlehem who worked as northern manager for the transport division of Turners & Growers, was cycling with his wife Debbie on the Pyes Pa bypass section of Takitimu Drive (State Highway 36) on January 8 when he was struck about noon.

Mr Armstrong died at the scene, while Mrs Armstrong suffered minor injuries.

Bishop who was further remanded on bail by Justice Rodney Hansen will be sentenced in the High Court at Rotorua on October 17.

Outside court Crown prosecutor Rob Ronayne told the Bay of Plenty Times that the draft summary of facts was not being released to the media for publication at this time as there were some aspects which were still in dispute.

That related to the manner of Bishop's driving which would need to be resolved before the summary was signed off and released for publication, Mr Ronayne said.

Mr Armstrong is survived by his wife, his son Jarrod, 20, and 22-year-old daughter Melissa.

Mrs Armstrong was contacted last night, but she said she and her family have decided not to comment.

The Bay of Plenty Times was not able to contact Bishop or his family for comment.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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