Ex MotoGP cham­pion Hay­den dies af­ter bi­cy­cle crash

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Former MotoGP world cham­pion Nicky Hay­den died in hos­pi­tal on Mon­day, five days af­ter he was hit by a car while train­ing on his bi­cy­cle. Hay­den was 35.

Mau­r­izio Bu­falini Hos­pi­tal in Ce­sena, where Hay­den had been since the col­li­sion last Wednes­day, made the an­nounce­ment. Hay­den had se­vere cere­bral dam­age and mul­ti­ple trau­matic in­juries.

“The med­i­cal team has ver­i­fied the death of the pa­tient Ni­cholas Patrick Hay­den, who has been un­der­go­ing care since last Wednes­day May 17 in the in­ten­sive care unit of the Bu­falini Hos­pi­tal in Ce­sena fol­low­ing a very se­ri­ous poly­trauma which oc­curred the same day,’’ the hos­pi­tal state­ment said.

Hay­den was train­ing on the Ri­mini coast fol­low­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle race at nearby Imola. The black Peu­geot car that hit Hay­den had its front wind­shield smashed.

Judicial au­thor­i­ties have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent and ques­tioned the 30-year-old driver of the Peu­geot.

Hay­den won the MotoGP ti­tle in 2006, fin­ish­ing nar­rowly ahead of Ital­ian great Valentino Rossi.

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