Gatton woman denies cyclist hit-and-run allegations

A CYCLIST was hit by a car and left to die beside the road - but the woman accused of hitting him claims she only told people it was her to scare someone.

A coronial inquest in Brisbane is investigating the death of Chinese national Shui Ki Chan, 25, who died on the side of the Warrego Hwy after being left to die in a ditch after being struck by a car.

Gatton woman Joanne Marie McCauley on Monday confirmed she had told a man she was the one who had hit Mr Chan - but said she had made up the claim to scare the man, who she had heard was a child rapist.

"(I told the story) to frighten him to make him think that I would be capable enough to do that to him," she said.

Testifying in court on Tuesday, the man said police had asked to speak to him about a car Ms McCauley used to own.

Ms McCauley told him she had used the car to run the cyclist down. In a statement to police, the man said Ms McCauley told him the cyclist would not pull over and gave her the finger after she "blared" her horn at him.

"I went down the road, turned around and went straight into him," the man accused her of telling him.

He said she had told him, "I was high on the white sh*t at the time."

The man said Ms McCauley was a regular drug user and he believed she was using speed or ice.

The inquest continues. - ARM NEWSDESK


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