A US Air Force servicewoman was allegedly drunk driving in Italy and fatally struck a 15-year-old boy.
The 20-year-old suspect has reportedly been put under house arrest after crashing into a roundabout curb in the northern town of Porcia around 2.30am on Sunday, according to local media. The accident took place roughly nine miles from the Air Force base.
Italian media outlets identified the victim as Giovanni Zanier. Zanier was reportedly walking on a cycling path next to the road with two friends when he was hit, and flew dozens of yards.
Zanier was pronounced dead at the scene.
The servicewoman sustained minor injuries from the air bag inflating and broken glass, local media reported. She apparently stopped to help and called first responders. She is under house arrest on the air base as an investigation is ongoing.
A local prosecutor told The Daily Beast that the suspect was drunk by the legal definition at the time of the accident.
American military authorities can choose to take jurisdiction of the case, under a treaty between the US and Italy.
US military authorities told Stars and Stripes that they are ‘working in close collaboration with the Italian base command team and Italian law enforcement agencies’.
The victim’s mother, Barbara Scandella, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the servicewoman should be criminally responsible for her son’s death.
‘She was completely drunk,’ said the mother. ‘That’s why she was driving like that, to the point of climbing over the roundabout before killing Giovanni.’
Brig Gen Tad Clark on Sunday said that the 31st Fighter Wing expressed ‘deepest condolences’ for the death.
‘Our wing is working in close collaboration with the Italian base command team and Italian law enforcement agencies, specifically the Carabinieri. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available,’ stated Clark.
Zanier’s friends were not injured.
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