This morning, a car accident in Italy made news around the world. A driver, under the influence of marijuana, attempted to pass another car. In doing so, he collided head-on with a group of local bicyclists. Various media reports list the number of dead at 7 or 8. The crash occurred in Lamezia Terme, a small town about 200 miles south of Naples and an hour south of Cosenza, where I spent a large portion of my summer.
Police arrested the driver immediately. He was identified as an immigrant of Moroccan origins, driving without a license. Family members of the victims mourned the loss.
“He was a quiet man. He had a computer store, but bicycling with his true passion,” a co-worker of one of the victims said.