Fatal hit-and-run driver may have thought they hit wildlife
UPDATE: Police believe there is a slight chance the driver who hit and killed cyclist Dr Martin Pearson may have thought their vehicle had collided with wildlife.
Toowoomba City Patrol Group officer Inspector Mark Wheeler said police were trying to locate the vehicle which collided with the 61-year-old Lowood man as he rode on the Inglewood-Millmerran Rd between 2.30pm and 3.25pm on Anzac Day.
A spotlight located near the crash site could prove vital to their mission.
"We are obviously trying to identify any vehicles missing that Lightforce brand spotlight," Insp. Wheeler said.
He said it was "not inconceivable" that the person who was driving the vehicle which struck Dr Pearson may have thought they had hit wildlife.
The tragic death of Dr Pearson prompted his wife Sandy Vigar to issue a plea to the driver to come forward.
Her plea received widespread media coverage, which police believe would have given the person who struck Dr Pearson a fair idea of what had happened.
"If you are going to sit on that for the rest of your life, you are going to have a pretty tortured life.
"Not many people could bare that cross."
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: The wife of cyclist Dr Martin Pearson who was killed in a hit and run on Anzac Day has begged the driver to come forward.
Dr Pearson lived in Lowood and was an Associate Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus.
He was struck by a vehicle at Inglewood on the Inglewood-Millmerran Rd sometime between 2.30pm and 3.25pm.
The 61-year-old was competing in the Audax Queensland GT series, a 600km bike ride from Tenterfield to Lowood via Dalby.
His wife Sandy Vigar, said he was a keen long distance cyclist who had completed seven rides of 1000 to 1400km, as well as more than 25,000km of other 200 to 600km rides.
Ms Vigar last saw her husband an hour before the fatal collision.
She said there were five cyclists taking part in the ride, but at the time there were two groups riding together and Dr Pearson was riding on his own between them.
Ms Vigar followed in a support car and saw her husband an hour before the fatal collision.
She said the section of road where the incident occurred was flat and wide with fine conditions.
She called for the driver to come forward or anyone who saw a damaged vehicle in the Inglewood area.
"I can't imagine that anyone could live with this indefinately, so the sooner the person comes forward the better for everyone," she said.
Ms Vigar remembered the father of two as a "quiet and gentle family man with a quirky sense of humour" and as a man always willing to share his extensive knowledge of cycling and bikes with others.
She said he was widely respected and passionate about teaching students and developing excellent veterinary practitioners and specialists.
Audax Australia Queensland Region president Brian Hornby described Dr Pearson as a "genuine person" and a "very knowledgeable and very experienced cyclist".
He said the two cyclists in front of Dr Pearson finished the ride on Saturday afternoon and that Dr Pearson would have "respected greatly that they finished".
He said the local cycling community was in shock.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: AUDAX Australia has identified the 61-year-old Lowood man who died on the Inglewood Millmerran Rd yesterday as Martin Pearson.
In a statement on their website, Audax Australia reported club member Mr Pearson died in a hit and run incident.
The statement said Mr Pearson was on the last leg of the Audax Queensland GT series, a 600km ride from Tenterfield to Lowood via Dalby, when he died.
The club gave its condolences to the family.
EARLIER: Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred near Inglewood yesterday afternoon.
Around 3.30pm, a cyclist was discovered on Inglewood-Millmerran Road and initial investigations suggest he was struck by a vehicle.
The cyclist, a 61-year-old Lowood man, was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the other vehicle involved has failed to remain at the scene.
Inglewood-Millmerran Road was closed for about six hours whilst investigations were conducted.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen a vehicle, possibly a truck, with front end damage or a missing spotlight in the area or who believes they have any information that could assist investigators to contact them via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: A MALE cyclist has been killed after a collision with a vehicle.
A police media spokesperson said that the cyclist was travelling along the Millmerran-Inglewood Rd near the Millmerran Power Station when the incident occurred.
The section of road is currently closed and police investigations are continuing.
No further details available at this stage.