Nigel Stepney, the former Ferrari mechanic at the heart of the 2007 “spy-gate” scandal, has died in a road accident, aged 56.
Stepney was sentenced in Italy to 20 months in prison after being found guilty of sabotage, industrial espionage and sporting fraud.
He was run over by a lorry after stopping on the hard shoulder of the M20 in Kent and getting out of his van.
The accident happened at about 01:30 BST on Friday, Kent Police said.
“For reasons yet to be established, the man appears to have entered the carriageway and was then in collision with an articulated goods vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene,” police said in a statement.
Stepney had leaked nearly 800 pages of confidential Ferrari information to McLaren ahead of the 2007 season.
He did not serve the sentence, but never worked in Formula 1 again.
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