Spotlight clue after cyclist death on Millmerran Rd

POLICE are asking anyone who has seen a truck or four-wheel drive without one spotlight to contact them after the death of a 61-year-old male cyclist 16km north of Inglewood on the Millmerran Rd on Friday.

Investigations indicate Martin Pearson, of Lowood, was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a vehicle some time between 2.30pm and 3.25pm Friday.

The vehicle had a 240mm HID Lightforce spotlight which was broken off and found at the scene.

Mr Pearson was part of the Audax Series ride in the area.

Two riders were in front, Mr Pearson was riding solo in the middle and two cyclists were at the back. There was 40km between the front and rear cyclists.

They had started at Inglewood and were heading for Millmerran and then Dalby.

Mr Pearson was a keen long-distance cyclist who had completed seven rides of 1000-1400km and done more than 25,000km with distances of 200-600km. He was an associate professor of veterinary anaesthesia at the University of Queensland

Police are urging anyone who may have seen a vehicle with front-end damage or a missing spotlight to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The vehicle left the scene.