Details are still sketchy. I think this is for two main reasons. 1) It wasn't witnessed by a lot of riders both because of where in the field he was and the nature of the descent having lots of curves. 2) As you most likely know, Mark, the Italians take things like this very seriously as made quite infamous by the lengthy criminal investigation into Frank Williams, Patrick Head, Adrian Newey and others following the death of Senna at Imola which you referenced. It seems like most riders that did witness anything were being questioned as part of the beginning of an official investigation and not sharing a lot with the media.Anyone know what happened in the crash? Was it a pack incident? Something break? Any way to know?
Racing anything has risks. For those that race, what it adds to life has to off set the possibility that it could also end life. Some time ago in F1 there were two fatal accidents and one extremely serious accident that involved a major closed head injury. This wasn't in a season. It was in a weekend.
On this sad sad day, let us learn from what happened to make future racers safer. Let us remember that they are men, not just racers. Let us pray in our own way for the family and friends, and let us do what we can if the opportunity arises to support those who miss him most.
As I told Xela yesterday, I'm no medical doctor but I was a medic in the US Army for 8 years. According to what statements I have read from the race doctor, Giovanni Tredici, Wouter Weylandt died as a result of a fracture to the base of the skull and attempts made to resuscitate were fruitless.What I have read so far from a few places indicates that he turned back to look to see if he should fall back into a group behind him while on the descent. He clipped his pedal on a wall or guard-rail which caused his bike to veer and he was thrown over the bars. PM discussions with Last_Place_Pete yesterday indicated to me that he would more understand the injury mechanism in this case than I do, so perhaps he can comment more.