Police have named a cyclist who died when he was run over by a truck outside Dunedin Hospital yesterday.

He was Dr LiHong "Chris'' He, 34, a senior lecturer at the University of Otago School of Dentistry.

Dr He left a wife and two young children.

He was hit by a stock truck on Cumberland St about 10am yesterday.

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The truck driver was stopped by police and spoken to at Evansdale, north of Dunedin.

Police are investigating the possibility the door of a parked car had been opened just before the accident.