Woman killed after husband leaves her on Italy motorway

A 37-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed after being abandoned by her husband on a motorway in northern Italy.

Woman killed after husband leaves her on Italy motorway
The woman was killed as she walked along a motorway in northern Italy. Photo: Gail

Claudia Tolu, a Romanian who lived with her Italian husband in Aosta, was hit by a car as she walked along the A26, near the exit for the Piedmont town of Casale Moferrato, at around 5am on Monday morning, La Stampa reported.

The woman had got out of the car she was in after rowing with her husband as they made their way home from dinner in the Turin comune of Poirino.

In a fit of rage, 47-year-old Alfonso Caputo left her on the road and drove off.

The woman walked some 20km along the hard shoulder before being hit on a bend by a driver from Alessandria.

“I couldn’t do anything to avoid her,” the 67-year-old motorist, who is now being investigated for involuntary manslaughter, told police.

Her husband, who is also under investigation for complicity to involuntary manslaughter, threatened to kill himself after hearing the news. He is being treated for shock at a hospital in Aosta.


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Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.