Aviano airman arrested after fatal crash, Italian media report

An airman from Aviano Air Base has been arrested and is expected to be charged with ‘traffic homicide’ after the vehicle she was driving early Sunday struck and killed a teenager on a bicycle, according to Italian media.

La Repubblica newspaper reported on Sunday that 15-year-old Giovanni Zanier died after being shot in the San’Antonio di Porcia neighborhood around 2:30 a.m.

The boy was riding his bike in the cycle lane and chatting with two friends, when the airman’s car swerved out of a roundabout and hit the boy from behind, throwing him forward at about 10 meters, according to the newspaper Il Gazzettino.

Firefighters and medics arrived at the scene, and the boy was taken to Pordenone hospital and pronounced dead, La Repubblica reported.

The airman, 20, was lightly injured, according to the newspaper, and placed under house arrest at the base after an investigation by local authorities.

“The measure was decided on the basis of the seriousness of the consequences of the accident and not for other reasons: the woman, in fact, immediately stopped to help the boy, then, in shock and with minor injuries, was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Pordenone,” according to Il Gazzettino.

Alcohol poisoning test results had not yet been released, according to the report by Il Gazzetino, which did not name the airman.

There was no information immediately available late Sunday afternoon from the 31st Fighter Wing.

The roundabout between via Lazio and via Roveredo in Porcia was completely dark due to the energy-saving policy implemented by the municipality, turning off the streetlights at 2 a.m., according to Il Gazzettino.

Before hitting the teenager, the airman’s car had also hit a road sign and the sidewalk indicating the cycle path, the newspaper said.

Stars and Stripes reporter Kent Harris contributed to this report.

A sign at the main entrance to Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

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