Paralympic champion Kieran Modra dies in crash

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Kieran Modra has died in a crash while riding his bike north of Adelaide.

The 47-year-old from Hallett Cove, originally from Port Lincoln, was riding north east on the Sturt Highway near Gawler when the crash happened just after 7am on Wednesday.

Modra, a swimmer and tandem cyclist, won five gold and five bronze medals at eight Paralympic Games.

After starting his Paralympic career in javelin in 1988, Modra won bronze in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona

He began cycling competitively in 1995 and won his first Paralympic gold the following year.

He went on to win two gold medals and a bronze in Athens in 2004, a gold and a bronze in Beijing in 2008, a gold in London in 2012, and a bronze in Rio in 2016, which he said at the time was his toughest yet.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 for significant service to sport as an athlete representing Australia at the Paralympic Games, and to people who are blind or have low vision.

A book about the Paralympic champion written by his uncle, through marriage, Andy Thurlow was launched in Adelaide last year by South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le AC.

Kieran Modra: The way I see it covers many aspects of his life, from growing up in Port Lincoln, living with 15 per cent vision to competing in three sports at eight Paralympic Games across three decades.

His death takes the state's road toll to 97 as compared to 63 for the same time last year.