Marco Ciacci is the truck driver involved in the accident that forced him on 19 June 2020 Alex Zanardi to an emergency hospitalization. The physical consequences for the Olympic champion and former racing driver are still very serious today. The investigation into the accident, however, established that Ciacci did not have particular faults, and in fact he was acquitted. For him they have been very long months, almost a nightmare.
“I hope to meet Zanardi soon, to shake his hand and hug him. I wish him all the best. For me it was a nightmare that lasted more than a year and even though I knew I had no responsibility, I felt terrible. I continued to dream of the accident, I saw the moment of the clash moment by moment, I tried to understand if I could have avoided it. I realized that there was only one possibility: not to be there that day, on that curve with the truck. I was going slowly, it was impossible to avoid the accident. The thing that hurts me the most is to be sure that a few seconds would have been enough to avoid the clash. I did everything I could do and I also have the inner certainty of not having any responsibility. But this thing will mark my whole life, it cannot be forgotten even if you have a clear conscienceCiacci told Corriere della Sera.
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According to the reconstruction of the truck driver, the road where the accident occurred can absolutely accommodate a truck, as there are no prohibitions. He explains that there are some sections where you need to slow down, including the point where the accident occurred: in fact, it went at 37 kilometers per hour. “My family was overwhelmed by the events. My wife and children turned on the TV and saw their father’s name treated as if he were responsible for the accident. They were confused, angry because they knew their father had done well and had no responsibility», Ciacci said speaking of an absurd situation in which he found himself with no possibility of escape. Now, when he works, he no longer goes down that road: he takes a longer ride to avoid terrible memories.
His truck, in the case of the accident, just crossed the center line, invading the opposite lane on which Zanardi was arriving. The trespass, less than 40 centimeters, was considered minimal considering the type of vehicle and the road traveled, according to the report; the magistrates recognized that the driver could not have avoided invading the other carriageway. Carlo Covi, lawyer of the Zanardi family, disputed: the thesis is that in any case the lane invasion is contrary to the rules of the Highway Code.
According to the Corriere della Sera, the Zanardi family excludes an appeal. While on the Resto del Carlino there is a sentence, again by Covi: “Now it makes no sense to talk about what we will or can do as a result of archiving. First let’s study the cards and then we’ll see“. The Zanardi family initially opposed, for a “A question of justice», But now the desire to close the chapter of the accident could prevail, to focus on Alex’s full recovery.