In the newspapers and on the web, the statements of Davide Rossi, son of the famous singer Vasco Rossi, sentenced to twenty-two months by the court of Rome for failure to rescue and injuries caused in a road accident. Both, a son and a very famous father, strongly criticized the sentence, the first insisting on a possible injustice of the court, the second giving more credit to the words of the son than the judicial result.
So why was he condemned, according to the court of Rome? “Vasco’s son pays a hefty bill for serious road injuries and, a far more infamous crime, failure to rescue a road accident that took place in September five years ago, in Rome: Davide burned a stop sign and collided with the car in which two women were traveling, causing the injury of both. According to the accusation and the sentence, Rossi junior left the scene of the accident without giving help, a reconstruction that the responsible denies: “I am outraged, justice is dead, there was agreement between the parties involved on how they had taken place things and rightly the two people took the insurance money, this outcome of the trial is truly absurd, I can’t explain it. ” Vasco sided with his son talking about a “deeply unjust sentence”, while his thirty-year-old friend who was with him, Simone Spadano, took nine months for aiding and abetting, having claimed to be driving the vehicle by declaring the false“, Writes La Stampa.
Davide Rossi declared: “Unfortunately, I think this also happened because my father is a person in sight. We will appeal and hope that justice will ultimately triumph. The sentence completely displaced me, I was very calm, if you didn’t commit a fact you expect the truth to come out, but instead … I don’t study law, but I think that when someone makes a friendly statement of damage, that version is valid. Next time I’ll call the carabinieri. Although I didn’t have to do it since I wasn’t driving, I remained to make sure of what had happened. I have three small children, two one year old and one seven year old, I’m not the type to walk away in a case like this, I never would. I walked away after seeing how things were: the two women were fine at that moment“.
What does the highway code say? Article 189, entitled ‘Behavior in the event of an accident’, deals with the subject. It is read: “The road user, in the event of an accident that is however related to his behavior, is obliged to stop and provide the necessary assistance to those who, if any, have suffered damage to the person. The people involved in an accident must take all appropriate measures to safeguard traffic safety and, compatibly with this need, ensure that the state of the places is not changed and the traces useful for ascertaining responsibility are dispersed. Where damage to property has resulted from the accident, the drivers and any other road user involved must also, where possible, avoid obstructing traffic. The traffic police officers, in such cases, arrange for the immediate removal of any obstruction to traffic, except for the execution, with absolute urgency, of any findings necessary to ascertain the manner of the accident. In any case, drivers must also provide their personal details, as well as other useful information, including for compensation purposes, to the injured persons or, if they are not present, communicate the above elements to them as possible. Anyone who does not comply with the obligation to stop in the event of an accident, with damage only to things, is subject to the administrative sanction of the payment of a sum (€ 303 to € 1,210). In this case, if the event causes serious damage to the vehicles involved, the ancillary administrative sanction of suspension of the driving license from fifteen days to two months is applied. Anyone who does not comply with the obligation to stop in the event of an accident with damage to persons is punished with imprisonment from six months to three years. The ancillary administrative sanction of suspension of the driving license from one to three years is applied. Anyone who fails to comply with the obligation to provide the necessary assistance to injured persons is punished with imprisonment from one year to three years. The ancillary administrative sanction of suspension of the driving license for a period of not less than one year and six months and not more than five years is applied.“.