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New Details of Olympian Melissa Hoskins’ death emerge



New Details of Olympian Melissa Hoskins’ death emerge

Disturbing details have surfaced regarding the tragic final moments of an Olympic cyclist, purportedly struck and fatally injured by her athlete husband outside their family residence in Adelaide.

Rohan Dennis, a world champion in cycling and Olympian, found himself in custody after emergency services responded to the incident in the upscale suburb of Medindie in Adelaide’s inner north, occurring around 8 pm last Saturday.

The victim, 32-year-old Melissa Hoskins, suffered severe injuries and was swiftly transported to Royal Adelaide Hospital. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical care.

According to reports from The Adelaide Advertiser, law enforcement alleges that Hoskins climbed onto the bonnet of their $70,000 4WD Volkswagen Amarok utility vehicle and attempted to grasp a door handle as Dennis purportedly continued driving until she fell to the ground. The unfolding events leading to this tragic incident cast a somber shadow over the once serene streets of Medindie.


The mother of two may have been pulled for a considerable distance along the street, as it is suspected that the incident in question was potentially captured by security cameras in the vicinity.

Ongoing investigations aim to unravel the circumstances and factors that led to the alleged incident.

In a significant development, detectives and officers from the Major Crash unit have apprehended Rohan Dennis, a two-time cycling time trial world champion, on charges related to causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care, and endangering life. The arrest follows the tragic incident involving Dennis and his wife, Melissa Hoskins, in the upscale suburb of Medindie in Adelaide.

Dennis, who concluded his illustrious 16-year cycling career last year, has been granted bail and is scheduled to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on March 13.

Authorities have urged individuals with additional information about the Medindie incident to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers, as investigations into the circumstances continue.


Close friends of the couple reveal that Dennis and Ms. Hoskins, married since 2018 and parents of two young children, were in the midst of planning their post-retirement life in South Australia. The pair had contemplated venturing into the world of winemaking, considering the establishment of their own vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, as reported by The Advertiser.

Both Dennis and Ms. Hoskins had noteworthy careers in cycling, with Dennis securing a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics for the team pursuit and a bronze in 2020 for road cycling. Melissa Hoskins, who competed under her maiden name, narrowly missed a medal in the team pursuit at the London Olympics. The shocking turn of events has cast a shadow over the couple’s promising post-retirement plans and has left the sporting community in disbelief.

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