LOWER INMAN VALLEY - A minute’s silence will be observed on Victor Harbor Triathlon race day for the Adelaide mother killed in the hit-and-run crash on Inman Valley Road.
Kathleen Heraghty, 48, who was training for the event, died after her bike was hit from behind by a car on Inman Valley Road at about 10.40am on Friday, December 27. She was riding with her husband and a friend towards Victor Harbor, but was ahead of them.
The accident took place in front of Lisa and Stephen Brook’s property, located about five minutes north of Victor Harbor. Mrs Brook said she stepped outside for a coffee and cigarette and was still in her pyjamas when two people standing outside her fence line alerted her to the incident. Mrs Brook went inside and asked her husband to call the ambulance and police.
Mrs Brook, a registered nurse, along with a passing motorist, ran to Ms Heraghty’s aid and performed CPR but was unable to revive her.
An ambulance arrived within five minutes of Mr Brook placing the call.
Although Mrs Brook was shaken by the incident, she was glad she could try to help.
“It’s part of my job, it’s what I am,” Mrs Brook said.
“We couldn’t bring her back unfortunately.”
Mrs Brook has created a memorial at the site and welcomes the community to place flowers in Ms Heraghty’s memory.
Ms Heraghty’s husband, an obstetrician, arrived at the scene about 10 minutes after the accident.
About an hour after the incident, a police officer pulled over a vehicle on the Southern Expressway.
The dark coloured 2002 model Holden Commodore had damage to the front quarter panel on the passenger side, bumper bar and windscreen. The officer suspected the car was involved in the hit-run.
Samantha Magdaleine Farrer, a 37-year-old Queensland woman who was driving the vehicle and her passenger, a 47-year-old man from the Adelaide suburb of Collinswood, were interviewed at the Christies Beach Police Station in relation to the crash.
Ms Farrer was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Police will allege the car hit the cyclist and drove off without stopping and rendering assistance.
Following further investigation, she was charged and refused police bail.
She appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday, December 30, and was granted bail.
The case will next be in the Magistrates Court on March 4.
The Collinswood man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
He was released on police bail and is expected to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on February 26.
Mrs Brook described the driver of the car as a “gutless wonder”.
“When you hit someone, you stop.”
“It makes me mad when people do things like this.”
Ms Heraghty was a midwife at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Her children were in Goolwa at the time of the crash.
Victor Harbor Triathlon race director Sid James said there will be a minute’s silence at the Victor Harbor Triathlon on March 9, in memory of Ms Heraghty. He said she participated in the short distance triathlon on a number of occasions.
Mr James urged drivers to be mindful of cyclists, as in the lead up to the event more cyclists will be training on local roads.
“That road (Inman Valley Road) is very notorious for people to speed on it,” Mr James said.