2 weeks after the decision of the investigating judge of Siena, with whom he closed the investigation against the champion who on 19 June 2020 was driving the truck Alex Zanardi collided with while he was intent on taking part in a demonstration with his handbike, Repubblica published the video of the accident.
In the visible sequences – the video was cut at the moment of Alex’s impact against the heavy vehicle – Zanardi is seen walking behind two cyclists and followed by another member of the charity event between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia, in turn on 2 wheels. First a curve to the left where Zanardi chooses the trajectory closest to the line that marks the end of the right lane. Then a right-handed downhill curve, where Zanardi’s trajectory widens towards the centerline.
At that point, Alex – the images show – keeps very close to the line that separates the two lanes, in a short stretch of straight before tackling the next right-hand corner, always downhill. Alex sets the corner but, at that point, he loses control of his handbike, which begins to skid.
From the images, taken by a camera of one of the participants in the event who was a few meters behind Alex, when the 2-time Indy champion loses control of the handbike, the heavy vehicle against which the terrible impact will take place is not yet seen. Almost certainly Zanardi saw the truck arrive, being a few meters in front of the author of the film.
Zanardi no longer has control of his handbike and falls on his left side, while the truck is about to arrive in the opposite direction. At that point the video stops, but it is clear how Zanardi lost control of his vehicle a few seconds before the truck reached the corner. The heavy vehicle, driven by the driver who was then cleared, was proceeding slowly, on a road that was narrow and uphill.
The video in question was attached to the documents of the investigation opened after the accident of 19 June 2020. The prosecutor and the investigating judge of the Court of Siena analyzed it and decided to close the investigation against the truck driver who, even according to as shown by the video, he does not seem to have made any irregular maneuvers but, on the contrary, he was the unfortunate protagonist of an accident that did not trigger.