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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.