As reported by the Italian ANSA news agency, prosecutor Paolo Giovagnoli has launched an investigation into the death of Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa. Officials will begin searching beyond what appears to be a tragic accident, and could even see criminal charges being brought to whoever is found responsible.
Tomizawa crashed on lap 12 at the Misano circuit, and was then subsequently hit by the motorbikes of Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding. However, the race was not stopped, a decision that has been defended by MotoGP officials by stating that medical personnel was better equipped to help the young Japanese rider off the track.
While being carried away from the track, Tomizawa was accidentally dropped by a marshal as he stumbled while carrying the stretcher through the gravel. This incident was not commented by MotoGP officials in the press conference they held after the accident. This is why the prosecutor of Rimini has also requested an autopsy that is set to reveal the exact cause of death.
So far, initial reports state that Tomizawa was treated at the Misano World Circuit medical centre and put under artificial respiration, and then transferred to hospital in Riccione, as he had suffered cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma. He died from his injuries at 14.20. We'll keep you posted as more details surface.