Junior world champion Macey Stewart in hit-and-run incident

Australian Macey Stewart taken to hospital after hit-and-run; police seeking male driver

Macey Stewart after the junior womens TT at the 2014 World Road Championships
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Junior time trial world champion, Macey Stewart, is recovering from a crash yesterday in Tasmania while police search for the hit-and-run driver responsible.

"I took the car's mirror off and I was lying on the road," the 18-year-old told The Advocate newspaper.

"I looked up and I had a fairly large truck coming for me head on, so I had to scramble off the road as fast as I could. The driver of the vehicle who hit me stopped and got out of his car, picked up the mirror, and then drove away. It's pretty shocking to think that someone can do that."

Medics took the Tasmanian to the hospital where X-rays revealed no broken bones. Scraped and bruised, she was able to travel to Adelaide this morning to attend a training camp.

"It (the hit) was pretty hard," she added. "He would have been going around 60 km/h and I was going around 25-30 km/h."

Police found the car, but continue to look for the driver. Investigators are searching for the suspect male and for the truck driver that had to avoid Stewart.

Stewart won the Worlds time trial in Ponferrada in September ahead of Denmark's Pernille Mathiesen and fellow Australian, Anna-Leeza Hull. At the 2014 Track Worlds in South Korea, she also won the Omnium and was part of the gold medal pursuit team.

"I'm not deterred from riding," said Stewart, "I love it too much and have big goals to achieve."

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Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.