Italian police close the investigation into Michele Scarponi’s death after the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision dies of cancer
The investigation into the death of 2011 Giro d’Italia winner Michele Scarponi was closed abruptly on Sunday after the death of the principle suspect.
Italian police had no choice but to end its work unconcluded when Giuseppe Giacconi, the driver who hit Scarponi on April 22 2017, died of a cancerous tumour on Sunday.
Scarponi, 37, died shortly after leaving his home at 8am for an early morning training ride. He was due to lead the Astana team in the Giro d’Italia after winning a stage and placing fourth behind winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in the Tour of the Alps.
He died instantly just a few kilometres from his home in Filottrano when the Fiat Iveco truck driven by Giacconi turned into the corner that Scarponi was riding.
Giacconi reportedly told police that the sun had blinded him and he never saw Scarponi. During the negligent vehicular homicide investigation, however, he was said to admit to investigators that he was watching a video on his smartphone.
Team Astana decided to race ahead with eight instead of nine riders in the Giro d’Italia. In the Tour de France, Fabio Aru (now with UAE Team Emirates) dedicated his stage win and yellow jersey to Scarponi.
With the investigation closed, the criminal