A 30-YEAR-OLD Budgewoi man was charged last night with dangerous driving causing death, drink-driving and driving unlicensed after the death of a cyclist on the Pacific Highway south of Swansea.
Police said a 52-year-old man was riding with a female cycling partner in the north-bound breakdown lane at Wybung about 6.15am yesterday when the accident occurred.
The cyclist was struck about 300 metres north of the Gwandalan turn-off.
Police said the impact threw the rider from his bike and into the oncoming lane.
It is believed he died instantly.
Crash Investigation Unit specialists from Sydney were called to the scene.
The female cyclist was uninjured.
Police said the driver of the sedan was taken for mandatory blood and urine testing at Wyong Hospital before assisting police with inquiries at The Entrance police station.
The man was later charged with dangerous driving causing death, low-range drink-driving and driving unlicensed.
He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Wyong Local Court on January 12.
Tuggerah Lakes Highway Patrol senior sergeant Rob Lawson said a report would be prepared for the coroner.
Police closed both northbound lanes and one southbound lane on the Pacific Highway due to the accident.
North-bound traffic was diverted along Rutleys Road, with queues reaching three kilometres.