UK & World News
Quad Bike Rider Connor Smith Killed In Race
A British quad bike rider has been killed in an horrific accident during a competition in Italy.
Connor Smith, 19, suffered fatal injuries after he fell from his bike and was hit several times by other riders in the race.
Emergency crews battled to save his life. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
Connor - thought to be from Scotland - was killed in the first race of the European Quad of Nations championships in Cingoli, near Ancona.
He had arrived at the weekend race event last Friday with team mates Paul Holmes and Luke Cooper and they had been among the favourites to win.
Because of funding, only a small team had been entered in the race and earlier this month an appeal had gone out for sponsorships via quad bike websites.
Besides Connor, an Italian rider, Filippo Rondinini, 27, was also injured in the pile-up and was taken to hospital but his condition was not described as serious.
Officials cancelled the event as soon as the teenager's death was confirmed and a minute's silence was held in his memory.
A message was read out from his father, saying: "My son Connor died taking part in a sport he loved. He was representing the colours of his nation."
Fans applauded and fellow riders gathered at the spot where the accident happened to hold a prayer vigil.
A police spokesman said they were investigating the accident to establish whether all safety procedures had been implemented and to decide whether anyone should face criminal charges if they were breached.
An entry on Quad Scotland's Facebook page read: "Connor Smith RIP. Deeply saddened and shocked to learn today of the tragic loss of Connor Smith, our 2013 Champion; a great friend, committed competitor and huge inspiration to quad riders young and old, in Scotland and beyond.
"He achieved so much in his short life, and had so much still to give. Our thoughts and sympathies go to Bill, Jackie, family and friends."