The Courier-Mail

Convicted after three die in car

- REGINA LOVIC

AN ITALIAN backpacker has been convicted following the death of three of his friends in a car accident.

Christophe­r Rosi, 25, pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without due care and attention in the Ayr Magistrate­s Court yesterday. He received a $1200 fine, no driving disqualifi­cation and a recorded conviction.

A pair of Italian sisters, Gloria and Giorgia Rastellett­i, died on July 24 after the vehicle crashed near Home Hill.

Gloria, 29, Marco Pellegrini, 28, and Giuseppe Di Marco, 23, died in the incident, with Rosi behind the wheel at the time.

Giorgia and Rosi were airlifted to the Townsville Hospital in serious conditions.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvis­t described the incident as a tragedy.

“This has caused unimaginab­le grief to the families,” he said.

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