Melissa Huskins, an Australian cyclist who was run over by her husband, Rohan Dennis, has died according to multiple reports.
Melissa Huskins was allegedly struck by a vehicle in Adelaide’s inner-north on Sunday, December 31.
She was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital suffering serious injuries, and died hours later.
South Australian Police arrested her partner Rohan Dennis, who was allegedly behind the wheel of a ute that hit the mother of two.
Mr Dennis has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and endangering life.
In this article, we look at Melissa Huskins wiki, husband, Instagram post etc
Who is Melissa Huskins?
Melissa Huskins was a talented and accomplished Australian cyclist who was killed by her own husband, cyclist Rohan Dennis, after he run her over in his car.
Police said emergency services were called to an address in Medindie, an Adelaide suburb, around 8 p.m. Saturday, following reports a woman had been struck by a vehicle.
At the time, police said the “driver is known to the woman.”
Police said the woman, later identified as Melissa Huskins, suffered serious injuries and died after being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Australia’s national broadcaster ABC and other local media outlets reported that Hoskins’ husband Rohan Dennis, a two-time world time trial champion and a stage winner at the Tour de France, had been arrested and charged with causing her death by dangerous driving.
According to reports, police will allege Melissa Hoskins jumped onto the car bonnet and grabbed at a door handle before the vehicle was driven and she fell to the ground.
It is then alleged she may have been dragged along by the vehicle.
A pair of teenage neighbours tried to give first aid before paramedics arrived.
South Australian Police arrested Mr Dennis and charged him with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and endangering life.
He was released on bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court again in March.
Melissa Huskins is originally from Perth and married Rohan Dennis in 2018 – the couple share two children.
Melissa Huskins received tributes from all over the world following her demise.
A statement from her family, signed by her parentsand sister read: “Words cannot convey our grief, sadness and the tragic circumstances of Melissa’s passing,”
“Not only have we lost a daughter and sister, her children have lost their mum, a freewheeling spirit, a giver with a big heart, patience and zest for life.
“She was the rock of their life and ours and we need to honour her memory so they can grow up knowing who she was, what she stood for and what she gave to everyone whose life she touched.”
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), which Melissa Huskins represented at the 2012 and 2016 Games said: “The AOC has expressed the utmost sadness at the loss of Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins after the tragic events in Adelaide,” it said in a post on X.
“Our condolences go to Melissa’s family, friends and the cycling community at this extremely difficult time.”
Marne Fechner, chief executive of AusCycling, the national governing body for the sport in Australia, labelled Melissa Huskins’ death as a “tragic incident”.
“Melissa, a mother, daughter, and wife, was also a champion cyclist who thrilled and inspired us with her exquisite skills on the track and road,” Ms Fechner said in a statement.
“Melissa began her competitive cycling career at just 16, and by the time she retired at the age of 25 she had shown the world that she was an athlete of rare prowess.
“Melissa described her team Pursuit Gold Medal at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships as the highlight of her career, but for the rest of us, the highlight was just having her around.”
Retired track cyclist, Anna Meares who has also been appointed chef de mission of the Australian Olympic Team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, posted a condolence message on her social media channels.
“I have a very heavy heart,” Ms Meares said in a post to X.
“My thoughts are with their children, family and fellow friends.
“This is a very difficult and tragic time. RIP”
Huskins’ former team, GreenEDGE, which has since rebranded to Jayco-AlUla similarly expressed its grief at the news.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends and the whole cycling community at this deeply saddening time,” a statement from the team said.
“She will never be forgotten.”
According to Hoskins’ family, a funeral will be held in her hometown of Perth and a memorial service will take place in Adelaide after the Tour Down Under, a cycling race held in Australia.
Rohan Dennis Instagram
Rohan Dennis, the husband of Melissa Huskins, was on Instagram @rohandennis
In fact, a few days before allegedly killing his wife, he shared a post about her on Instagram.
Rohan Dennis, 33, shared the social media post showing himself smiling alongside Ms Hoskins, 32, and their two children.
“Merry Christmas from our family to yours,” the caption read.
Melissa Hoskins Instagram was not readily available.
Melissa Huskins wiki
Melissa Huskins, born on 24 February 1991 in Perth’s suburb of Kalamunda, was a track and road cyclist from Australia.
She went to Walliston Primary School and Carmel Adventist College for her schooling, and then studied Sports Science at Murdoch University.
Huskins excelled in the 2012 Tour of Chongming Island, where she won the overall title and also represented Australia in the team pursuit event at the 2012 Olympics, where her team came fourth.
She retired from cycling in 2017.
Melissa Huskins married fellow cyclist Rohan Dennis in 2018 and had two children with him.
They lived in Girona, La Massana, and Adelaide.
She passed away on 31 December 2023 after a car accident involving her husband.
Huskins focused on endurance events as a track cyclist.
She took up track cycling at 15 after joining a talent identification program at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.
She began competing at 16 and became a specialist in the Team Pursuit.
Huskins received cycling scholarships from the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Australian Institute of Sport.
She was part of the Northern Districts Cycling Club and trained under Gary Sutton and Darryl Benson.
The late cyclist trained mainly in Adelaide, and sometimes in Varese, Italy.
She secured a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 2011 Beijing World Cup.
She claimed gold in the team pursuit, silver in the omnium, and bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2011 Australian Track Nationals.
She won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2012 Track World Championships.
Huskins repeated her gold medal performance in the team pursuit and finished fourth in the individual pursuit at the 2012 Australian Track Nationals.
Her team set a record time in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympics Test Event, but she faced a technical glitch with her gate.
Her team overcame the setback and won the gold medal.
She also earned a silver medal in the scratch race at the 2012 World Championships.
She competed in road races as well and joined the GreenEDGE–AIS team in 2012, where she was a sprinter on flat terrain.
Huskins dominated the 2012 Tour of Chongming Island, winning two stages and the overall classification.
She also came second in the Tour of Chongming Island World Cup, a one-day race.
Rohan Dennis wikipedia
Rohan Dennis (born 28 May 1990) is an Australian professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI WorldTeam Visma–Lease a Bike.
He won back to back UCI men’s individual time trial world championships in 2018 and 2019.
On 10 February 2023, Dennis announced his retirement from professional cycling by the end of the racing season.
Dennis was born on 28 May 1990 in Adelaide, South Australia, where he grew up.
Dennis began his career by focusing on the track, and was part of the Australian team that took the silver medals in the team pursuit at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On 31 December 2023, he was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care, and endangering life, after his wife Melissa Hoskins was killed by a vehicle allegedly driven by him in Adelaide.
A police statement on Sunday said that a 32-year-old woman had died after being a hit by a car driven by a man “known to the woman,” in Adelaide, Australia.
Local media named the woman as Hoskins and the man as Dennis.
The woman suffered serious injuries and died in hospital, the police statement added.
The statement did not name the 33-year-old man who had been arrested, charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and granted bail before a court appearance on March 13.
A police spokesperson told Reuters that its policy is to not confirm the names of those accused involved in an incident.
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