According to multiple news agencies, former MotoGP world champion and Owensboro native Nicky Hayden has passed away.
Hayden was hospitalized following an accident which happened in Italy on May 17. Hayden was riding a bicycle and collided with a car.
The 35-year-old sustained multiple injuries during the collision, including “serious cerebral damage.”
Hayden was the 2006 MotoGP world champion.
Mayor Tom Watson released this statement on Twitter:
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of Owensboro’s greatest who represented our city so well. My heart goes out to the Hayden family, friends, and countless fans. Barbara and I will keep the Hayden family in our prayers.”
In honor of Nicky Hayden, Mayor Tom Watson has directed the— City of Owensboro KY (@CityofOwensboro) May 22, 2017
City of Owensboro flags be flown at half-staff until further notice.