The racing world is mourning. American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden, known as the 'Kentucky Kid,' died at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in northern Italy, five days after the accident he had in Rimini. He was 35 old. His mother Rose, brother Tommy and fiancee Jackie were at his side. He was hit by a black Peugeot driven by a 30-year-old Italian, while training on his bicycle.
Hayden had suffered severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries. The Kentucky-born rider was in Italy following a race at Imola. Italian judicial authorities have opened an investigation into the inciden The driver of the vehicle that struck Hayden was given a breathalyser test and was not found to have been over the limit at the time of the accident. During his MotoGP career between 2003-16 with Honda and Ducati, Hayden posted three victories and 28 podium finishes in 218 races. He won the MotoGP title in 2006. "As well as being a true champion on the track, Nicky was a fan favourite off it due to his kind nature, relaxed demeanour and the huge smile he invariably carried everywhere," his team said.