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Italy investigates US servicewoman in crash that killed teen

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ROME — Italian authorities Monday have been investigating a U.S. servicewoman, stationed at an air base in northern Italy, for alleged vehicular murder within 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 within the city of Porcia, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Aviano base, Italian media mentioned.

Giovanni Zanier was chatting with two buddies on a biking path close to the street, when he was hit and his physique tossed dozens of meters (yards) away by the impression, Corriere della Sera mentioned. He died whereas being transferred to a hospital. His buddies have been unhurt.

U.S. army authorities expressed “deepest condolences” and mentioned they’re working carefully with Italian regulation enforcement. “The younger man’s household and the local people are in our hearts and prayers,” mentioned a written assertion from base authorities. They declined to present any particulars, and U.S. authorities did not determine the girl.

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

Instantly after the crash, she stopped to lend assist and known as for medical help, Italian media mentioned.

Nobody answered calls to the workplace of Pordenone Prosecutor Raffaele Tito. Corriere della Sera quoted him as saying on Sunday that if any indictment outcomes, U.S. authorities may invoke jurisdiction beneath an Italian-U.S. army treaty beneath NATO auspices.

That would imply any prosecution could be dealt with by army authorities in the US, much like what occurred after a U.S. Marine jet, after taking off from the Aviano base in 1998, clipped a cable operating over a mountainside, sending a cable automotive plunging right into a slope and killing 20 Europeans aboard.

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

Past some other duty for the crash, “I hope the city displays on the scenario of the road lighting and signage,” Ada Zanier, an aunt of the sufferer, informed Sky. She added that ”a sequence of different accidents” had occurred within the roundabout space.

The 1998 crash provoked nationwide outrage in Italy. In that accident, a Marine EA-6B Prowler swooped via 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 US.

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