Ecuadorian cyclist dies after getting hit by a car
Jun 05 2020 01:31 am CET

Ecuadorian cyclist dies after getting hit by a car
Ecuadorian cyclist dies after getting hit by a car
Photo by ASO/A.Broadway

Ecuadorian cyclist Rubén Darío Tatés has died after he was run over by a car in his home province of Carchi.

The rider was 20 years old and came from the same province as the winner of the 2019 Giro d'Italia Richard Carapaz (Ineos) and Jonathan Caicedo (EF Pro Cycling). Police sources told local newspaper La Prensa Interdiario del Carchi that the rider was training on the Panamerican highway -which connects the north and the south of the South American country- in the canton of San Pedro de Huaca with his brother Ricardo Andres when a car hit them from behind.

Ruben Dario Tates died as consequence of the injuries produced by the hot, while his brother survived with some trauma. The driver of the car escaped but was later caught by the police.

Just after winning the Italian Grand Tour, Carapaz raised awareness of the dangers of riders on Ecuadorian roads, and he also reacted to this death through social media. "It saddens me that a young man died on the road when he was chasing his dream of becoming a great rider," he said through Instagram.

"This leaves a lot to think about and it shows that our society needs more respect for others. I ask the authorities to do justice for him and that law is put into practice. My deep condolences for his family and a lot of strength to face this irreparable loss."

Tates was part of the high performance club 'Jonathan Caicedo' of Carchi.

CyclingPub extends its condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Tates, as well as to the entire cycling community of Ecuador.





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