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.
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