Italy investigates U.S. servicewoman in crash that killed 15-year-old boy

Italian authorities Monday had been investigating a U.S. servicewoman, stationed at an air base in northern Italy, for alleged vehicular murder in the loss of life of a 15-year-old boy struck by a automotive on a city street.

The girl was driving a automotive which crashed into the curb on the fringe of a roundabout about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the city of Porcia, about 9 miles from Aviano base, Italian media stated.

Giovanni Zanier was chatting with two pals on a biking path close to the street, when he was hit and his physique tossed dozens of yards away by the affect, Corriere della Sera stated. He died whereas being transferred to a hospital. His pals had been unhurt.

U.S. navy authorities expressed “deepest condolences” and stated they’re working intently with Italian regulation enforcement. “The young man’s family and the local community are in our hearts and prayers,” stated a written assertion from base authorities. They declined to provide any particulars, and U.S. authorities did not determine the lady.

Italia media stated that the motive force, 20, was positioned beneath home arrest on base whereas the investigation by native prosecutors continues.

Immediately after the crash, she stopped to lend assist and referred to as for medical help, Italian media stated.

No one answered calls to the office of Pordenone Prosecutor Raffaele Tito. Corriere della Sera quoted him as saying on Sunday that if any indictment outcomes, U.S. authorities might invoke jurisdiction beneath an Italian-U.S. navy treaty beneath NATO auspices.

That might imply any prosecution can be dealt with by navy authorities in the United States, just like what occurred after a U.S. Marine jet, after taking off from the Aviano base in 1998, clipped a cable working over a mountainside, sending a cable automotive plunging right into a slope and killing 20 Europeans aboard.

A US C-17 plane lands at Aviano air base
A US C-17 airplane lands at Aviano air base on March 21, 2011. 

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Townspeople complained that the roundabout was poorly illuminated. Mayor Marco Sartini informed Sky the lighting was in the reduction of in line with Italian authorities appeals to scale back power use amid feared shortages linked to uncertainties surrounding Russian power provides amid the conflict in Ukraine.

Beyond every other accountability for the crash, “I hope the town reflects on the situation of the street lighting and signage,” Ada Zanier, an aunt of the victim, told Sky. She added that “a collection of different accidents” had occurred in the roundabout space.

The 1998 crash provoked nationwide outrage in Italy. In that accident, a Marine EA-6B Prowler swooped by way of a valley simply above the treetops, severing the cable with its tail fin earlier than returning safely to Aviano base. The pilot was finally acquitted of 20 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a court docket martial in the United States.

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