Multiple world record holder in weightlifting, Simon Martirosyan, is said to have been involved in a serious car accident that killed a man he ran over in his native Armenia.
The tragedy occurred on Monday evening in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, when the weightlifting champion, who was reportedly behind the wheel of his Mercedes CL Տ 550, allegedly knocked down a man who was crossing the street in a non-pedestrian zone.
According to local reports, Martirosyan called an ambulance and helped medical staff take the injured person to the hospital. However, he died on the way to the facility without regaining consciousness.
The outlet added that the Armenian police had initiated criminal proceedings following the fatal accident. Martirosyan was reportedly investigated for possible traffic violations that resulted in the death of a person through negligence.
His car was taken off the street by the police who are investigating the incident.
Medical tests carried out after the accident showed that neither alcohol nor drugs were found in Martirosyan’s blood.
Widely regarded as one of the top contenders for gold at the upcoming Tokyo Summer Games, the prominent weightlifter could face up to five years in jail if charged and found guilty.
The 24-year-old world and European champion returned to Armenia days ago after his heavy defeat at the European weightlifting championships in Moscow, where he was eliminated from the competition without a single attempt to jerk back.
The Olympic silver medalist is said to have sustained a serious injury at the European weightlifting championship in Moscow, which affected his performance in the men’s 109 kilograms.
Dmytro Chumak from Ukraine won the event and got his third European title in three different weight classes: 94 kg, 102 kg and now 109 kg.
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