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Renowned Paralympic Cyclist Killed by Motorist


Paralympic gold medallist Kieran Modra has died in a road accident at Kingsford, north of Adelaide.

The 47-year-old was cycling on the Sturt Highway just after 7:00am, when he was hit by a car travelling in the same direction.

He died at the scene.

The driver of the car, a Kia sedan, was taken to the Lyell McEwin Hospital as a precaution. The 26 year old man was later reported by Major Crash officers for driving offences, but police were yet to lay charges.

Modra had won five gold medals between 1988 to 2016. He competed in three different sports at eight Paralympic Games

“This is a tragedy, an absolute tragedy, for the people that are left behind, not only the person that’s affected and people need to really start understanding, this has massive consequences, there’s a family, there’s a wife, there’s husbands, daughters, sons, mothers, that are impacted,” said South Australian Police superintendent Bob Gray.

Modra, who was vision impaired, lived with a congenital disorder known as juvenile optic atrophy. He was a pioneer in tandem cycling.

Parts of this article came from ABC News.


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