Woman accused of hit-and-run can’t explain bank withdrawals

A WOMAN who told friends she ran down a cyclist on the Warrego Hwy has denied she drives by herself, but could not explain how bank records show her depositing and withdrawing money from her account in towns from Oakey to Ipswich.

The Brisbane Coroners Court is investigating the death of Chinese man Shui Ki Chan, who was cycling on the Warrego Hwy near Gatton when he was struck by a car.

He was left in a ditch on the side of the road, where he died.

The inquest has heard Joanne Marie McCauley told friends she had run the man down when he had refused to pull his bike over. But she claims she made the story up in order to scare off a man she had been told was a child rapist.

She has told the inquest she cannot drive a manual car and gets panic attacks when driving automatic cars alone.

On Friday, the inquest heard thousands of dollars had been deposited and withdrawn from Ms McCauley's Heritage Bank account from ATMs and banks in Ipswich, Gatton, Toowoomba and Oakey.

She could not explain how she had been withdrawing large sums of cash, up to $1000, across southern Queensland - or if she was the one who had withdrawn in.

When asked why she had taken the money out, Ms McCauley said it would have been to buy drugs.

Coroner John Hutton said he wondered how Ms McCauley could get to each location if she could not drive.

"For someone who professes an inability to drive, she seems to a have a remarkable ability to travel across the Downs," he said.

The inquest will continue next week. - ARM NEWSDESK


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