Ex-moto champ dies af­ter bi­cy­cle crash

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

Amer­i­can mo­tor­cy­cle racer Nicky Hay­den has died five days af­ter he was hit by a car while train­ing on his bi­cy­cle, the Mau­r­izio Bu­falini Hos­pi­tal an­nounced on Mon­day. He was 35. Last week, the hos­pi­tal an­nounced 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, who was in Italy fol­low­ing a race at nearby Imola, was trans­ported to the Bu­falini fa­cil­ity fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on the Ri­mini coast on Wed­nes­day.

Ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

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

Hay­den was 13th in this sea­son’s Su­per­bike stand­ings, rid­ing for the Red Bull Honda team.

Sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers had flown in from the United States, in­clud­ing Hay­den’s mother and brother.

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