The Health Directorate informs that “the patient is sedated, continues to be mechanically ventilated, has spent the night in conditions of cardio-respiratory and metabolic stability. Organ functions are adequate »
The athlete is hospitalized in intensive care at the Siena hospital after neurosurgery for skull and face fractures sustained in the handbike accident against a truck in Pienza on June 19. From what is learned, a new medical bulletin is expected around noon.
After the terrible accident that moved the world, the Paralympic champion is in a pharmacological coma and the improvements are very slow, also thanks to a trained physique. But the neurological picture remains very serious, and it will take several days, explain the doctors of Siena, to understand the consequences of head injury. For sanitary workers, Zanardi is not currently life threatening, but the worsening can be sudden in the current conditions.
The Paralympic athlete and former Formula 1 driver suffered a serious accident on Friday afternoon, when he was traveling on his handbike on a provincial road in the Siena area. Zanardi lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the opposite lane, slamming violently against a truck that was arriving in the other direction.
The investigation. Zanardi’s cell phone and handbike seized
The prosecutor of Siena wants to see us clearly on the accident that caused the serious injury of Alex Zanardi in Pienza. The cell phone he wore during the “Obiettivo Tricolore” relay was seized by the police. According to what has been learned, the telephone is available to investigators for any checks. The handbike on which he traveled was also seized: the vehicle could be subjected to technical tests to reconstruct the dynamics of the impact with the truck, in particular to define the points of impact between the two vehicles.
Meanwhile, from what appears from some videos acquired by the prosecutor, Alex Zanardi clasped his hands on the handlebars of the handbike while he was going down the road near Pienza where he had the accident. From some videos already in the possession of the investigators, and already viewed, it would therefore appear that he had control of the vehicle.
The lorry driver under investigation
And in his investigation he immediately investigated the truck driver who had the impact with the handbike. However, the file of prosecutor Serena Menicucci has already been enriched by the interrogations of the promoters of “Obiettivo tricolore”, the Paralympic relay in stages from Luino to Santa Maria di Leuca – to revive Italy after the Coronavirus -, to understand under what conditions safety the route has been organized and if it is correct that the ride took place on open roads and with moving traffic, including the accident truck.
On the registration in the register of suspects of the driver of the Tir, a haulier of agricultural products, the prosecutor Salvatore Vitello speaks of “due act”. The driver is being investigated for very serious culpable injuries. At pm Menicucci made spontaneous statements. “I found myself almost in front of a curve, I steered, and so he took me by the side, otherwise the impact would have been frontal,” the suspect would have said to the magistrate.
His defender, lawyer Massimiliano Arcioni, adds that the truck was going at low speed and that his client was negative at the alcohol test. A video, acquired by the carabinieri, would show part of the accident and, as already from the first testimonies of those who were on the spot, it would detect a skid curve in the handbike, towards the opposite lane, with Zanardi trying to recover in extremis. But he can’t do it. He overturns and slams with the trailer of the heavy vehicle.
Just to understand what kind of permits and authorizations, as well as safety measures, the organizers of the rally prepared, the Siena carabinieri questioned the promoters of Objective 3, the non-profit organization of which Zanardi himself is the founder. “But it’s not a bicycle race, it’s not the same thing,” Paralympic national team coach Mario Valentini said to the cameras, hearing from the same barracks. The group gathered several Paralympic athletes in addition to Alex Zanardi.