Stoned Driver Plows Car Into Cyclists, Killing 8

He was reportedly trying to pass another car
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Sheets cover the bodies of cyclists after a speeding car, partially seen at right, plowed head-on into their group in southern Italy on Sunday morning, killing eight of them.   (Adriana Sapone)

(Newser) – A speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists in southern Italy this morning, killing eight of them. The driver had been smoking marijuana, police said. Bent, mangled bikes were strewn about the scene, and the sheet-draped corpses dotted the two-lane road near Lamezia Terme, in the Calabrian "toe" of boot-shaped Italy where the accident occurred.

The ANSA news agency said the driver, a Moroccan national who was only slightly injured, was placed under arrest on charges of multiple homicide. He was reportedly trying to pass another car when he hit the group. A young boy who was in the car with him, along with two other cyclists, were also injured.

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