Ital­ian found guilty of neg­li­gent driv­ing

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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