A Ukrainian woman who escaped her country was killed in Italy when a young man mowed her down in his vehicle, authorities said.
Tasia, a five-year-old girl, arrived in Crotone, a southern Italian port city, with her mother, Luda, about a month ago after fleeing Russian invaders, The US Sun reported.
She had been out on Sunday with her 16-year-old cousin and the girl’s boyfriend, who was holding her, in the town of Cantorato, according to the outlet, which cited local outlet Corriere.
Suddenly, a Fiat Diablo driven by an 18-year-old young man sped towards the group and rammed them at around 6:30 p.m.
The 16-year-old suffered head injuries and broken bones, while Tasia fell to the ground, hit her head and died instantly, according to the report.
Police are investigating whether the driver, who has been charged with aggravated road homicide, was a romantic rival of the injured teenager.
The suspect had been reported twice in 2020 for driving without a license, The US Sun reported.
Crotone Mayor Vincenzo Voce said he was “devastated” by Tasia’s death, adding that just days ago he took in “children who escaped a terrible war”.
He wrote on Facebook: “There are no words. Just deep pain. A pain that unites the entire community of the city.