The death of Davide Rebellin has left a dark colour to this week's news in the cycling world, but even more shocking was the form in which it has happened, as the Italian rider was hit by a truck whilst training in Italy just days after his final race as a professional rider.
He had ended a 30-year old career on good terms and raced the Monaco Criterium recently. Now retired, he kept on riding his bike, but was the victim of a hit-and-run this past Wednesday. The responsible for the accident left the scene after realizing what had happened, but security cameras captured the incident and allowed the police to act swiftly and track down the man.
"The impact of the accident was fatal to him" - Details emerge over Davide Rebellin's deadly collision
He has since been found in Germany. He has not been arrested due to his current location but has been charged with murder, and is expected to be extradited back to Italy to face trial for the crime.
The driver was found to have already committed several offenses in the past, having been found guilty of another hit-and-run back in 2001 and having been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol back in 2014. Having kept his license after all these incidents the driver then went on to accidentally cause the death of one of Italy's most reputable athletes.
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