Ex MotoGP world champion and current Honda World Superbike factory rider Nicky Hayden is in a serious condition, having suffered dramatic injuries in a collision with a car during bicycle ride in Italy.
According to spectators, 36-year-old Hayden – who is a keen cyclist – was riding with a group of fourteen others when the incident took place. It has been reported that he was involved in a direct collision with the car, and that the collision saw Hayden thrown over the bonnet and into the windscreen.
He was rushed to a hospital in Rimini with severe head and chest trauma – and remains in a serious condition.
“At 18:00 some four hours after the accident, Rimini hospital staff announced that he’d been moved to the major trauma unit in Cesenate for possible surgery, with his condition at the time being referred to as ‘critical’.
US-based motorcycling website Asphalt & Rubber are reporting that Hayden has received surgery and is now in a ‘medically induced coma’, a state in which he’s likely to remain for the next 24 hours. [unconfirmed]”
The Police Commander of the district, Pierpaolo Marullo, has announced some details of the incident,
“At 16:50, three hours after the accident, my men continue to gather evidence for the case, which we consider to be serious. When the officers arrived at the scene, the wounded man was still at the edge of the road, being stabilised by medical teams. He was then transferred to the Red Cross Hospital of Infermi di Rimini.
Our first study of the facts would appear to show that the blow has occurred with the right front tyre of the car and that the cyclist involved was separate from the group at the time of the collision.”