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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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