Woman driver mows down five pedestrians in Rome

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Rome, May 30 (IANS/AKI) Police in Rome on Tuesday arrested a woman motorist who knocked down five pedestrians including a mother and son, seriously injuring two of them,. All five victims were hospitalised.

One of the pedestrians, a 30-year-old man, is intensive care at Rome’s San Camillo Hospital after he was dragged under the car’s wheels for several metres, while a young woman suffered a spinal cord injury, local daily Il Messaggero reported.

Passers-by had to lift the Smart car off the 30-year-old man who was trapped underneath it after the accident, the paper said.

Police ruled out an act of terrorism after the 43-year-old woman tested positive for drugs and who was found in possession of 6 grammes of cocaine.

The woman allegedly felt unwell at the wheel and lost control of her Smart, which jumped a red light in the via dei Colli Portuensi in west Rome on Monday evening as people were crossing the road, police said.

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The woman, referred to as M.L.A., had lost her driving-licence in February 2016, according to police. She had allegedly knocked pedestrians before, Il Messaggero said, without citing its sources.



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