Trial ordered over cyclist left for dead at Inglewood
A TRUCK driver accused of killing a cyclist in a hit and run at Inglewood last year has been committed to stand trial in the District Court.
Geoffrey Joseph Sleba is accused of leaving Dr Martin Pearson, 61, for dead on the Inglewood-Millmerran Rd last Anzac Day.
Police allege the Lowood veterinarian was participating in a cycling event when Sleba's road train struck and killed him.
During a committal hearing in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, seven witnesses were cross-examined by counsel for Sleba, Peter Davis QC and barrister Dennis Lynch.
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Witnesses included two of Sleba's employees, who had travelled the highway on the day of Dr Pearson's death.
Truck driver Robert Hooper told the court he had had been travelling the same route as Sleba on Anzac Day and was held up at the crash site.
Mr Hooper said when he heard Sleba's truck had been seized by police, he asked his boss if he had run down the cyclist and Sleba denied doing so.
Shortly after the crash last April, police issued a call for anyone who noticed a 4WD or truck without a light to contact police, as a spotlight had been found near the scene.
Fellow employee Darryl Flett told the court he noticed one of Sleba's spotlights was missing from his truck and then, just days later, both spotlights were gone.
"Geoff said yeah that he had lost a spotlight a few days ago - apparently he hit a kangaroo near Dalby somewhere," he said.
When asked if he could have been mistaken about the one spotlight when both were actually missing all along, Mr Flett was adamant he was not mistaken.
Two police forensic scientists, a police sergeant from the Forensic Crash Unit and the lead investigator, also gave evidence during the one-day hearing yesterday.
At the end of proceedings, Mr Davis QC told the court he did not object to his client being committed to trial.
The 43-year-old is free on bail and a $5000 surety paid previously by his father was returned.
The matter will be listed in an upcoming sittings of the Warwick District Court.