Man charged over cycling vet’s death

A MAN has been charged over the hit-and-run death of former Tamworth veterinarian Martin Pearson.

Dr Pearson was riding in the Audax Queensland GT series cycling race when he was struck by a vehicle on the Inglewood Millmerran Rd near Inglewood on April 25.

A Brisbane newspaper has reported a semi-trailer was seized for investigation in June and a Kingsthorpe home was searched in relation to the death.

The newspaper reported that a 43-year-old Kingsthorpe man was arrested on July 10 and faced court in Toowoomba the following day charged with the death.

LEFT FOR DEAD: A man has been charged over the hit-and-run death of former Tamworth veterinarian Dr Martin Pearson.

LEFT FOR DEAD: A man has been charged over the hit-and-run death of former Tamworth veterinarian Dr Martin Pearson.

Truck driver Geoffrey Joseph Sleba was charged with one count each of dangerous driving causing death and failing to obtain medical aid to a person injured in a traffic accident and showing a disregard for their needs.

The court was told blood and paint on his truck linked him to Dr Pearson’s death.

Although police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden opposed bail, the father of eight was granted bail with $5000 surety to face Warwick Magistrate’s Court on October 8.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Sleba must report to Toowoomba police weekly.

Dr Pearson was formerly a veterinarian at South Tamworth Animal Hospital, but lived in Lowood and was an associate professor of veterinary anaesthesia at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus at the time of his death.

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