British dad, 37, who moved to New Zealand to start dream life hit by car and killed

Craig Petrie, pictured with his wife Danielle on their wedding day, died from his injuries the day after being hit by a car (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

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A British dad has died after moving 11,600 miles away to start a dream new life in New Zealand.

Triathlete Craig Petrie, 37, was out cycling in the Canterbury area when he was tragically hit by a car.

He was flown to Christchurch Hospital on Wednesday but died from his injuries the following day.

Craig married wife Danielle in 2011 and the couple moved from Holywell, near Wrexham in Wales to New Zealand in 2015 before going on to have two children.

He represented New Zealand at the triathlon Long Course World Championships in Denmark in 2018 and swam 3km, cycled 120km and ran 30km.

Craig Petrie was married to wife, Danielle, and the couple had two children together

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Coach John Newsom met Craig in 2015 after he made the dream move.

He said: "I had the privilege of guiding Craig through several of his race build-ups where you could guarantee he would lay it all on the line.

"The local triathlon community passes their condolences to Craig's young family."

Craig was a keen sportsman and competed in triathlons after moving to New Zealand for his 'dream life'

The tragic crash took place on the State Highway 73 in Darfield.

Another person was treated with minor injuries at the scene.

The police serious crash unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Tributes have now been made online to Craig.

Family members have paid tribute to Craig, pictured here with his wife Danielle

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One family member said: "Cant stop thinking about my family at this very sad time. The loss of Craig is absolutely heartbreaking and words can't express how helpless I feel.

"Sending the biggest hugs to you all, Danielle and the children."

Mirror Online has contacted Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for comment.