UDINE. They left the house with the idea of taking a boat trip but then changed their plans at the last moment and opted for a bike ride. Dario Rosario Sorrentino, 64 years old last July, was on vacation in Alghero since last July 24th. On Wednesday 4 August, while he was with a friend, he was hit by a bus along the provincial road 51, between Alghero and Porto Conte, in Sardinia. For Sorrentino, an esteemed gastroenterologist, there was nothing to do. He died instantly. The attempts to save his life were useless. The dynamics of the accident have yet to be clarified. The 64-year-old doctor, according to the reconstruction carried out by the Sassari traffic police officers, would have lost control of his mountain bike due to a depression or a mechanical problem. The bus driver is being investigated for road murder, an act required to proceed with the autopsy on the victim’s body, which is likely to be performed tomorrow at the Forensic Pathology Institute of the University of Sassari. Further investigations could be conducted on the Beach Bus if the investigators deem it necessary.
On Wednesday morning, Dario Sorrentino, an internationally renowned professor, who had lived for years in Virginia, Roanoke, together with his wife and daughters, had gone out with a friend to devote himself to one of his greatest passions, the bicycle. After completing a tour on one of the many dirt paths scattered around the area of the Porto Conte Regional Natural Park, he was about to enter the road to return to his summer residence. For reasons yet to be established, he fell off his bicycle and ended up on the ground, in the middle of the road, just as the bus arrived, which was unable to avoid it.
His wife, Kayte, of Australian origin, was in Udine with two of Sorrentino’s three daughters (the third lives in Australia). He was looking for a house. In fact, in a few months, the Sorrentino family would have liked to move to Udine, where the professor had been teaching for years at the Department of Medical Area, directed by Dr. Leonardo Alberto Sechi, saddened by the loss of one of his closest friends. «We attended scientific high school in Sassari together and then also six years of university in Sassari – Sechi’s memory -. I of Sardinian origins and Sicilian Dario, we were very close friends. Between us there was a relationship of mutual respect. He had invited me to join him, in his house near Cagliari but due to work commitments I had not yet managed to organize myself. I am sorry. Dario was a man of great culture and competence. He has made important seminal contributions in the field of liver diseases. He was also a member of the editorial board of one of the world’s leading hepatology journals: Hepatology. He loved Sardinia. He often went climbing on the cliffs. Many recognitions and scientific awards received over the years. We have lost a great professional. They were among the first to know of Dario’s death. An indescribable pain ». The rector of the University of Udine, Roberto Pinton, expresses “closeness and deep condolences to the family on the part of the entire University of Friuli”.