Manslaughter Charges Filed In Tito Traversa Accident

DPM does some rough translation work on this article, published in an Italian newspaper, which indicates that five people have apparently been served with manslaughter charges in the July death of 12-year-old Tito Traversa.  Given the language barrier, the dearth of real detail about what happened in the accident, other than the well-publicized faulty draw setup, and the fact that this is taking place in the European legal system, it’s hard to make any definitive statement about what this all means other than the obvious which is that none of this will help bring Traversa back to life.  Other than that it will be interesting to see how this story plays out.
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8 Responses to Manslaughter Charges Filed In Tito Traversa Accident

  1. Dan August 26, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    It’s hard to see anything constructive coming of this. There was obviously no intent, and having to live with what happened seems punishment enough to me. Are they legally obligated to bring charges? Is manslaughter a felony in the U.S.?

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  2. Franz the Stampede August 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    The original article is here

    Bearing in mind that what an online newspaper say is not necessarily true, a more detailed translation of the core of the article is the following:

    The pm Raffaele Guariniello (pm is the judiciary public function who leads what could be defined as the accuse side) started the proceedings to investigate 5 people with the potential accuse of manslaughter (“omicidio colposo” in italian, which means that you did not mean to cause harm at all but the buck stops where you are, the typical case is a car crash in which the driver hits someone fatally). These are:
    – the owner of the company who produced the slings because the packaging of the slings did not contain instructions
    – the owner of the shop that sold them (for having them on sale despite not having instructions)
    – the owner of the climbing gym who organised the climbing trip
    – the two instructors who were at the crag

    A potential sixth person would be one of the parents of the underage girl who lent the slings to Tito, slings that herself might have assembled incorrectly.


    The fact that these people are already accuse COULD be a legal technicality that is necessary to allow investigating/talking to them. It could be that in order to do so, the pm judicial figure must have an accuse to start with.
    Also, it could be that these people might be prosecuted regardless of the will of the next of kin of the deceased (i.e. Tito’s parents).

    Again, not sure how much truth there can be in the article, but I am positive my translation is correct.

    Not really interested in discussing this one, but I thought a better translation could help those willing to do so.

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  3. GAbe August 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Great job Tito’s dad. Fill your pockets! till they’re overflowing.

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    • chris August 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      I think you’re missing something here….This is not a civil suit for damages, and it’s not, as far as this page indicates, being filed by the kid’s dad.

      This is like an attorney general in the US deciding to file manslaughter charges against a negligent driver, not the crash-victim’s mom suing.

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      • Tom October 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

        I think this is a tasteless comment, rife with malice and disrespect. I could not imagine what young Tito’s family and friends are going through and the pain Tito had to endure before his passing. I survived a major fall and can assure you sir, it was excruciatingly painful and I wish it on no one, much less a 12 year old boy.
        I request you remove your post out of common decency.

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    • paluk August 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Regardless of the circumstances of the lawsuit, what a douchey comment.

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  4. Franz the Stampede September 1, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    -26 rating! Is it a record for CN?

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    • Narc September 1, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Not even close

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