The news that Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin passed away shocked the cycling world this Wednesday and has left many heartbroken. The 51-year old rider, who just recently ended his pro career, was victim of a hit-and-run whilst out riding his bike, and details emerge over the case.
“Rebellin was then dragged several meters by the truck. His bicycle lay crumpled on the asphalt," Gazzetta dello Sport wrote. "The impact of the accident was fatal to him. This caused internal bleeding and he died instantly. The 118 was on site within minutes, but could not do anything more."
The Italian newspaper reports that is was likely a blind spot accident in the town of Montebello Vicentino. It was an accident that likely was not purposeful, but caught on camera by several video surveillance cameras in the area, which also verified the identity of the vehicle and the driver leaving the scene afterwards.
“The driver must have noticed something had happened. He stopped, went down to look and after a few seconds dove back into the cab and continued through the roundabout. This was recorded by eleven cameras, including the registration number and brand of the vehicle," Gazzetta reported. Pictures have revealed the state of Rebellin's bike, which has been completely broken, as the peloton mourns the loss of one of it's most iconic figures.