Italian found guilty of negligent driving
36-year-old Salvatore Ruscica born in Italy, living in Qala, Gozo, was yesterday charged with, due to negligence, colliding with a motor bike, involuntarily injuring a third party by not observing the rules of the road, driving negligently, speeding and causing damage to the bike.
The case dates back to 12 June, 2013, when at 3.45pm an accident occurred. The accused was driving a Hyundai Getz in Triq Borg Gharib, Għajnsielem, and Charles Louis Stellini was riding a Honda motorbike. Mr Stellini suffered grievous injuries.
The accident occurred on a Tjunction with Triq Simirat, and the biker was driving on this road, which opens onto Triq Borg Gharib, while the accused was driving on the main road.
Magistrate Joe Mifsud considered contributory negligence and ruled that the accused was in part responsible for the accident.
The Court said that although recklessness was not proven, there is no doubt that the accused’s driving should be classified as negligent.
He was found guilty of driving negligently, causing injury due to negligence and damaging the other vehicle. The magistrate said that there was no proof the accused was speeding.
The accused was ordered to pay €1,500 and had his licence disqualified for eight days.