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Hit-and-run driver turns self in after killing two

Justice minister promises vehicular-homicide law

02 January, 17:06
Hit-and-run driver turns self in after killing two (ANSA) - Cosenza, January 2 - The driver of a car that hit and killed two women on a motorway in southern Italy on New Year's Eve turned himself in on Thursday amid fresh calls to tighten legislation on hit-and-run accidents and introduce the crime of vehicular homicide. The victims, a mother and daughter respectively aged 77 and 42, were hit after being thrown out of their car following an accident with another vehicle on the A3 motorway between Reggio Calabria and Salerno. The driver reportedly now faces charges of manslaughter and failure to assist the victims. "Before the end of January I will present a package of norms concerning justice that will also contain the crime of road homicide," said Justice Minister Annamaria Cancellieri in response to the accident. Hit-and-run accidents left 105 people dead and 1,089 injured in the first 11 months of 2013, according to road police support association ASAPS. Most recently, an eight-year-old girl was hit and killed in Rome on Boxing Day by a man reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and without a licence.