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Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees

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.

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

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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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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