News

Grieving wife urges driver to come forward following fatal crash

Sandy Vigar holds a photograph of her late husband Dr Martin Pearson after addressing media outside Lowood Police Station. Ms Vigar is calling for any witnesses to her husband's suspected hit and run to come forward. Lowood cyclist Dr Martin Pearson was killed while cycling near Inglewood. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Sandy Vigar holds a photograph of her late husband Dr Martin Pearson after addressing media outside Lowood Police Station. Ms Vigar is calling for any witnesses to her husband's suspected hit and run to come forward. Lowood cyclist Dr Martin Pearson was killed while cycling near Inglewood. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

 

 

Sandy Vigar looks at a photograph of her late husband Dr Martin Pearson before addressing media outside Lowood Police Station. Ms Vigar is calling for any witnesses to her husband's suspected hit and run to come forward. Lowood cyclist Dr Martin Pearson was killed while cycling near Inglewood. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Sandy Vigar looks at a photograph of her late husband Dr Martin Pearson before addressing media outside Lowood Police Station. Ms Vigar is calling for any witnesses to her husband's suspected hit and run to come forward. Lowood cyclist Dr Martin Pearson was killed while cycling near Inglewood. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

THE wife of a leading veterinarian and cyclist left for dead on a rural road has called for the driver responsible to come forward.

Dr Martin Pearson was hit and killed by a car at Inglewood, 230km west of Ipswich at 3.30pm on Anzac Day as his wife Sandy Vigar followed in a support car.

The 61-year-old father-of-two from Lowood was competing and part organiser of the nine-day Audax Queensland GT series, a 600km bike ride from Tenterfield to Lowood via Dalby.

He was the associate professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus and an experienced cyclist with numerous international long-distance rides under his belt.

Dr Pearson specifically chose the route along Inglewood-Millmerran Rd because it was safer than cycling on highways with higher traffic volumes.

Ms Vigar last saw her husband an hour before the fatal collision.

She said the section of road where the collision occurred was flat and wide with fine conditions, with a visibility of 200m at the time Dr Pearson was struck by the vehicle.

She called for anyone who has seen a damaged vehicle in the Inglewood area on Friday afternoon to come forward.

"I would say to the driver please come forward. And please tell somebody else or tell the police what happened. I can't imagine that anyone could live with this indefinitely," she said.

Since Dr Pearson's death, Ms Vigar has been overwhelmed by the hundreds of tributes coming the cycling and veterinary communities.

"It's been interesting, I've had hundreds of emails and messages since people have heard about it," she said.

"And what keeps coming through is that people keep saying he was a gentleman and a gentle man.

"He was quite and always willing to help and share his knowledge, whether that was to do with cycling or to do with his profession as a veterinarian anaesthetist.

"I think Martin will be remembered because of the great affect he's had on so many people, including students he taught 20 years ago they are coming up with stories about how he changed their lives.

"Similarly, I've had emails from cyclists from all over the world, saying that they rode with Martin."

The tributes flowed on social media, including a message from the Disaster Animal Response Team.

"Thank you Martin. Your life has mattered here so very much. Your words speak volumes of the love & care you've had for our beloveds. Rarely can such passion, compassion & gentleness be read in scientific papers..."

Audax Australia president Peter Mathews paid tribute to Dr Pearson and his family.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Cyclist Dr Martin Pearson from Lowood was killed in a suspected hit and run near Inglewood. His wife Sandy Vigar is calling for any witnesses to come forward. Photo: Contributed
Cyclist Dr Martin Pearson from Lowood was killed in a suspected hit and run near Inglewood. His wife Sandy Vigar is calling for any witnesses to come forward. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Topics:  dr martin pearson, fatal collision, inglewood




Protest against greyhound racing at Ipswich Court house

A protester outside Ipswich courthouse where Tom Noble will be sentenced on animal cruelty charges.

Racing identity Tom Noble to be sentenced today on cruelty charges

Trusted Ipswich GP's emotional exit after 40 years

NEW LIFE AHEAD: Dr John Jackson of Grange Road Medical Centre is retiring.

Dr Jackson has never kissed so many women

Secret men's business thriving in Ipswich

EXPANSION: Blair MP Shayne Neumann with the men at the Beacon Community Men's Shed, who will triple the size of their shed after $10,000 in funding.

Men's Shed to triple in size after new funding

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


This week's community billboard

Want to get involved in gardening? The Glebe Rd Uniting Church Garden Club meets first Saturday of each month.

Toastmaster, Tai Chi, Scouts, the Men's Shed and more

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m