The 23-year-old woman who allegedly hit cyclist Christian Ashby as he rode around Lake Wendouree on Good Friday and left him fighting for his life in the middle of the road has had her bail extended.
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Rebekah Stewart appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday for a review of her bail conditions and update on the progress of her treatment in a drug and rehabilitation facility.
Police have alleged Stewart, who was disqualified from driving at the time, was most likely under the influence of drugs or fatigued when the incident occurred.
On May 12, Stewart was granted bail on a $20,000 surety and ordered by a magistrate to undergo a 28-day intensive drug and rehabilitation program in Melbourne.
Magistrate John Doherty, who appeared in court via video-link, ordered Stewart to remain in the same private drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for another month.
As part of her bail conditions, Stewart is required to participate in routine drug screens and faced being discharged from the facility and placed in custody if she failed to remain free from drugs.
The court heard a letter from the rehabilitation centre outlined Stewart had shown "positive results" in her treatment so far.
Stewart faces a string of offences including dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to stop after an accident when someone has been seriously injured.
Police alleged Stewart collided head-on with the 36-year-old cyclist near the Olympic Rings precinct shortly after 6am on Good Friday before driving off erratically.
Police also believe Stewart veered, or was already travelling on the wrong side of the road when she allegedly hit Mr Ashby.
Mr Ashby has been released from intensive care, but still can’t walk and is currently in rehab.
Stewart is due to appear at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court again for a committal mention on June 16.
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