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GP Week : Issue 99
Riders questioned in fatal crash aftermath ALEX de Angelis and Scott Redding, the two riders unable to avoid the fallen Japanese racer Shoya Tomizawa, have both been questioned by the Rimini prosecutor's office, in the legal investigation into the fatal accident in the Moto2 race at Misano two weeks ago. But although the investigation, in accordance with local law, is into "culpable homicide by persons unknown", no charges were expected to be brought, as the investigation drew to a close at the end of last week. Those exonerated include not only MotoGP and circuit officials, but also the marshal carrying the stretcher who stumbled in the gravel, dropping the victim in the process. The investigation released details of the autopsy, which determined that the principle cause of death was massive crushing injuries to his chest, which damaged his heart and lungs irreparably. It also raised questions as to the time of death: determining that it had actually taken place in the ambulance taking him to hospital in Riccione rather than at the hospital, although further attempts at resuscitation were made. Tomizawa's heart-broken parents flew to Italy from Japan, and visited the scene of the accident before returning home in advance of the rider's remains, which were flown to Japan in Friday. A funeral was to be scheduled this week. The Technomag-CIP team and Tomizawa's family released a moving joint statement, saying: "We have not only lost a talented rider, we have lost a friend and a son who radiated the joy of life and transmitted a good feeling to all those around him. This will always remain in our memories." The statement concluded: "Without Shoya, nothing will be as it was before, but thanks to its passion for the sport and the encouragement of his family the Technomag-CIP team will continue its adventure and challenges in Moto2. His parents want us to keep his smile and mischievous look in our memory, and remember that he passed away doing what he loved." Tomizawa had signed a new contract to stay with the team in Moto2 earlier in the weekend. Tomizawa's body own home 19 Moto GP news >>