Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees

Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees
The priest reportedly drove to the hospital to inquire about the status of the patient just a few hours after the accident. Priest photo: Shutterstock
A priest who allegedly knocked a boy off his scooter before fleeing the scene in his car in Ravenna, northern Italy, appears to have had a change of heart when he went to the hospital to inquire about his victim. He later handed himself in to police.

The 17-year-old boy was riding an Aprilia 50 scooter on Saturday along via Sant’Alberto, in the north of the city, when he was allegedly hit by the priest, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf, Il Resto del Carlino reported.

Passersby then alerted emergency services and the boy was taken to hospital.

Just a few hours after the accident the priest then reportedly drove to the hospital to inquire about the status of the patient, who suffered a few fractures. The boy’s life is not in danger.

Surveillance cameras appear to show the same car from the scene of the accident entering and leaving the hospital parking lot.

But it was not until Tuesday evening, as the hunt for the driver of the car intensified, that the priest finally decided to hand himself in to police.

He is now being investigated for failure to stop and offer assistance to the teenager. 

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