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Car kills seven cyclists in south Italy

posted 5 Dec 2010, 11:38 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Dec 2010, 11:41 ]

A car driven by a man with no driving licence and who had been using illegal drugs ploughed into a team of amateur cycle racers in southern Italy, killing seven and injuring several others.

LAMEZIA TERME, ITALY (DECEMBER 5, 2010)  SKY ITALIA - 
A car driven by a man without a licence and who had been using illegal drugs ploughed into a team of amateur cycle racers in southern Italy on Sunday 
(December 5) , killing seven and injuring several others, police said.



The dead, whose mangled bodies were covered with sheets in a dramatic scene on the road, were members of a local amateur cycle racing team ranging in age from 35 to 58 who had been cycling on a road near Lamezia Terme in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

Two other members of the local amateur cycle racing team were seriously injured.

The driver, a Moroccan immigrant, was arrested and charged with multiple manslaughter.

Police said blood tests showed the man, who was himself hospitalised for injuries, was under the influence of marijuana. They said he was driving illegally because his licence had been withdrawn six months ago for dangerous driving.

The man's son, who was in the care with him, was also injured.

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