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Australian journalist who seriously injured cyclist when test-driving McLaren car jailed for 12 months

Amelia Hungerford sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment following incident last May

An Australian lifestyle journalist who injured a cyclist when she crashed a McLaren car she was test-driving has been jailed for 12 months.

The incident, which happened in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in New South Wales in May last year, left cyclist James Tan who was taken to hospital with serious facial and leg injuries.

Amelia Hungerford, 28, a journalist with Signature Luxury Travel & Style, was attending a media event when she was invited to test-drive the £195,000 McLaren Sport Series Coupé.

Following the incident, she was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving, causing bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle and negligent driving.

9News reports that she has been sentenced to 12 months in jail and will not be eligible for parole for seven months.

It adds that Hungerford, who has been granted bail, plans to appeal against the severity of the sentence.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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