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Driver who killed Scarponi was “distracted by video on his phone”

Posted on: October 9th, 2017

Driver in Scarponi fatality distracted by phone

Michele Scarponi was killed on a recovery ride in April. Now reports have emerged that the driver he hit and killed him had a video playing on his phone and was distracted by it.

 

Driver in Scarponi fatality ‘distracted by phone’

 

The Italian media has reported that the van driver who fatally hit pro cyclist Michele Scarponi was distracted by a video playing on his phone.

Tuttobiciweb has reported the driver has told police there was a video playing on his video as he met Scarponi on the road.

The driver is soon set to go on trial in Ancona for negligent vehicular homicide following the fatal crash back in April.

Italian Scarponi was hit by a driver, a 57-year-old carpenter, at a crossroads. He was riding home to Filottrano in Le Marche after his ride.

He had been on a short recovery ride following the Tour of the Alps. Reports at the time suggested the driver told the police he did not see the rider because of the sun.

The 37-year-old pro cyclist was due to lead his Astana team in the Giro. The squad released a statement confirming his death, saying it was “a tragedy too big to be written”.

“Our athlete Michele Scarponi died this morning while he was training on his bike close to his home in Filottrano,” it said, adding he had been “hit by a van” at a crossroads.

“Born on September 25th, 1979, he left a wife and two kids. Michele ended 4th in the Tour of Alps yesterday afternoon in Trento.

“Then he went home in Filottrano (Ancona) by car with his masseur and was home in the evening to his family.

“This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy happened.”

The 37-year-old was a former Giro d’Italia winner, having claimed the overall title in 2011, after Alberto Contador was stripped of the victory for doping.

Scarponi also took the points jersey that year and had won three stages in the race.

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