Tragedy Strikes Italian Rally Champion Giulia Maroni in Fatal Mountain Fall
Italian rally champion Giulia Maroni, aged 37, has met an untimely demise after plummeting 164 feet while out walking her dog on the Modena Apennines.
The fatal incident occurred during a Sunday afternoon hike with her partner, Simona Panzacchi, on Mount Libro Aperto in the Pizzo dei Sassi Bianchi area.
Fatal Fall and Emergency Response
Maroni slipped and fell off the mountain edge, enduring a fall that spanned 164 feet, involving collisions with trees and rocks along the way.
Panzacchi promptly called emergency services, leading to a swift airlift of the rally driver to Maggiore hospital in Bologna.
Despite receiving medical attention, Maroni’s injuries proved fatal, and she passed away on the evening of Sunday, January 28.
Tragic Mountain Accident Details
Nicolas Barattini, chief of the mountain rescue station, shared insights, stating, “It was a tragic fatality; the woman [Maroni] placed her foot badly and slipped.”
The 4X4 Magazine, where Maroni collaborated as a correspondent and photographer, expressed deep sorrow, remembering her as a passionate sportsman and off-roader.
Condolences Pour In
Lina Van De Mars, who competed alongside Maroni in the FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas in 2021, paid her respects, acknowledging the plans they had for the 2024 season.
Fellow racers and friends expressed shock and grief over the unexpected loss, remembering Maroni’s contributions to the world of rally and off-road racing.
Adventurous Spirit and Rally Achievements
Maroni and her partner were avid hikers, frequently sharing pictures of their adventures in various locations, emphasizing “healthy holidays” on her Instagram page.
Beyond hiking, Maroni was a passionate rally driver, securing victory in the 2021 Italian Cross-Country Rally and participating in the prestigious Dakar rally as a co-driver and navigator.
Her illustrious career also included a win in the extreme all-female ‘Shemud’ race in the forests of Malaysia back in 2016.
This tragic incident marks the end of an accomplished rally champion’s life, leaving the motorsport community in mourning.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn