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Melissa Hoskins killed in car crash with husband reportedly charged after death of Olympic cyclist

Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins was killed after being struck by a vehicle while riding in Adelaide; Australian media reports said her husband, former world champion cyclist Rohan Dennis, has been charged in connection with her death; Hoskins competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games

Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska, center, Australia's Melissa Hoskins, left, and Belgium's Kelly Druyts celebrate with their medals from the the final of the women's scratch race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, April 6, 2012. Pawlowska won gold, Hoskins silver and Druyts won the bronze.  (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
Image: Melissa Hoskins was killed in a car accident

Former world champion cyclist Rohan Dennis has reportedly been charged in connection with the death of his wife, Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins.

Hoskins was killed after being struck by a vehicle while riding in Adelaide.

Australian media reports said Dennis had been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, endangering life and driving without due care. The reports said he had been released on bail to appear at the Adelaide Magistrates Court in March.

Hoskins, 32, competed for Australia at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Police said emergency services were called to an address in Medindie, an Adelaide suburb, at around 8pm on Saturday, following reports a woman had been struck by a vehicle.

Police said the woman, later identified as Hoskins, suffered serious injuries and died after being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Hoskins competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics on the track in the team pursuit and was in the squad that won the 2015 world title in the event.

FILE - Gold medal winner Rohan Dennis of Australia poses with his medal after the men's cycling individual time trials at the Commonwealth Games in West Park, Wolverhampton, England, on Aug. 4, 2022. Dennis was reported to have been charged in connection with the death of his wife, Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins, who died after being struck by a vehicle while riding in Adelaide. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
Image: According to Australian media Hoskins' husband Rohan Dennis has been charged after her death

"Melissa described her team pursuit gold medal at the 2015 World Championships as the highlight of her career but for the rest of us, the highlight was just having her around," AusCyling chief executive Marne Fechner said in a statement.

"Although she retired in 2017, her presence as an alumnus of the sport has been felt and appreciated by many in the cycling and riding community."

The Australia Olympic Committee [AOC] stated: "The AOC has expressed the utmost sadness at the loss of Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins after the tragic events in Adelaide.

"Our condolences go to Melissa's family, friends and the cycling community at this extremely difficult time."

Hoskins also competed in road cycling for several years with Australian team GreenEDGE.

Dennis, 33, won two world titles in the road time trial, as well as silver in the team pursuit at the London Olympics and bronze in the road time trial at the Tokyo Olympics.

He became the seventh Australian to wear the yellow jersey as race leader at the Tour de France by winning the opening time trial in 2015, setting a race record for his average speed.

Dennis, who has retired from competitive cycling, was named Australian cyclist of the year in 2015 and 2018 and won the 2015 Tour Down Under in his home city of Adelaide. After his retirement and their marriage in 2018, the Dennis family relocated to Adelaide from Europe.

A statement from the state police of South Australia released on Sunday said a 32-year-old woman died in hospital after being hit by a car in an inner northern suburb of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.

Police said a 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and endangering life.

The driver was known to the woman and given bail to appear in court on March 13, police said.

A police spokesperson said they do not confirm the names of victims or accused involved in an incident.

Hoskins and Dennis were this month scheduled to take part in an event at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

"We are devastated by the news of Melissa Hoskins' death. It's an extremely tragic situation which has seen the loss of a young mum and champion cyclist," Tour Down Under organisers said in a statement.

"Given the circumstances, Rohan Dennis will no longer be participating."

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