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Teen in Condon death on restricted

Published: 8:49AM Monday September 10, 2007 Source: Newstalk ZB

The 15-year-old driver involved in the crash which killed a Christchurch City councillor was on a restricted licence.

Fifty-eight-year-old Graham Condon, also a paralympian, was hit by a car while cycling on Lower Styx Road in Brooklands on Saturday morning. Police believe the driver failed to take a corner, crossing the centre line before hitting Condon, who was travelling the other way on his three-wheeled bike.

Senior Constable Mike Withers says the teenage girl who was driving had four others with her in the car, and she and two passengers required hospital treatment.

Withers says it will be at least a week before a decision on whether charges will be laid is made.

Meanwhile fellow councillors and politicians are devastated.

Christchurch mayoral candidate Bob Parker has cancelled his campaign engagements this week, saying he is deeply saddened to lose a courageous and inspirational friend. Parker sat next to Condon at the Christchurch City Council table for nearly six years and says he will instead focus on whatever support can be offered to Condon's family.

Norm Withers, who was standing for re-election on the same ticket as Condon, says the city needs to grieve for a man who has helped shape Christchurch as a community - and is honouring the wishes of Graham's wife, Kathy,  who wants election signs featuring the both of them to remain standing for a period of time.

Banks Peninsula MP Ruth Dyson says Condon's death is a huge loss not only to the city, but also those who knew him personally.

She says Condon had a very dry wit and could find humour is circumstances that many others would find challenging.