A young lifestyle journalist who hit a cyclist while test driving a $350,000 McLaren supercar has had her jail term upheld after she lost an appeal against her sentence.
Amelia Hungerford, 31, from Sydney, 자동차 우레탄 부싱 was invited to the 2018 event held by the British car maker, which involved breakfast at a Woolloomooloo hotel followed by the hands-on test drive.
As Hungerford rounded a corner while cruising through Kuring-Gai National Park she veered onto the wrong side of the road and smashed into cyclist James Tan, 50, causing serious facial and leg injuries.
Amelia Hungerford ( pictured), who worked for Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine, was invited to test drive a yellow McLaren Sport Series Coupe as part of a media event in May 2018
She pleaded guilty in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court to dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm in 2019 and was given a one year sentence which she appealed.
The NSW District Court heard this week the cyclist’s injuries had a significant impact on his health and his work as a dentist, reports .
Hungerford’s test drive was recorded on a GoPro camera with the footage showing she had trouble starting the car when behind the wheel as the brake first needed to be fully pressed in.
Judge Helen Syme noted Hungerford and her companion behaved like ‘excited children at a fun park rather than grown-ups test driving a motor 자동차 우레탄 부싱 vehicle’.
Judge Syme added the evidence showed Hungerford was driving too fast to safely steer through the bend .
‘She estimates her speed being ’50 or 60′ but I observe the advisory sign was 25kph – she did not recall seeing this sign.’
The 31-year-old had been asked to drive McLaren Sport Series Coupe (stock image pictured)
Judge Helen Syme found the sentence was appropriate and dismissed Hungerford’s (pictured) appeal
The court heard Hungerford, who was not injured, was remorseful but found the 12 months sentence with seven months of non-parole was justified.
She has already served seven months before she appealed and was released on conditional bail in 2020.
Mr Tan, who is in his 50s, was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital after the crash while Hungerford completed blood and urine tests.
McLaren required journalists to sign insurance documents before media event in the event of a collision.
‘You will be required to complete handover forms detailing insurance and excess before you begin your drive,’ the press release read.
Hungerford (pictured) lost her appeal and has already served her seven months