ADAPTIVE cycling champion Jose Angel Aceiton has been killed in a tragic road accident in his hometown of Hornachos, Extremadura.
In a cruel twist of fate it comes exactly 17 years after his first major accident, when he was left a quadriplegic after a car ran over him when he was only 17 years old.
Determined to follow his dream, Jose’s passion for cycling was unwavering and with the support of his family he spent years dedicating himself to adaptive cycling.
The perseverance paid off when Jose claimed the Spanish Champion title two years ago where he scooped two gold medals and a bronze at an event in Estepona, against 150 disabled athletes.
However, on March 28, Jose aged 34, had a head-on collision with a truck in the suburbs of Hornachos and died instantly.
The incident is still under investigation and happened on a straight stretch of road with apparently good visibility.
According to the Guardia Civil’s main witness, Jose had veered into the opposite lane and his death is one of more than 400 cyclist related fatalities in Spain in the last decade.
Jose was a popular figure on the cycling circuit and messages of condolence continue to flood in on social media from both the public and cycling organisations.
In May, thousands of cyclists demonstrated across Spain demanding stricter penalties to prevent accidents.