Girl, five, who fled war in Ukraine killed after driver ‘ploughed into her and 16-year-old lad’

A GIRL who fled the horror of Ukraine was killed when a driver allegedly ploughed into her and a 16-year-old boy who was carrying her, it was reported.

Police in Italy say five-year-old Tasia had arrived in the country just as month ago with her mum Luda after being forced to flee in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Tasia died after being hit by a car in Italy2

Tasia died after being hit by a car in ItalyCredit: Splash
Cops are investigating whether she was deliberately run down2

Cops are investigating whether she was deliberately run downCredit: Splash

But she died when the she was struck by van driven by an 18-year-old in the Crotone area of southern Italy and cops are investigating if it was a deliberate act.

The suspect is said to know the 16-year-old boy who was holding Tasia and her cousin who was his boyfriend, reports Corriere.

As part of their investigation, police are looking at whether driver of the orange Fiat Doblo was involved in a personal dispute with the other teenagers.

He was arrested on the orders of the local prosecutor and has been charged with aggravated road homicide.

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The horror collision happened on Sunday evening in the town of Cantorato, where Taia and her family are being hosted at a farm where Luda’s sister works.

The two 16-year-olds left the farmhouse for an evening stroll, carrying little Tasia with them.

As they walked single file down a road that they were spotted by the driver at around 6.30pm and he swung around and allegedly accelerated towards them, with his dad in the front seat.

The boy was from behind and ended up on the car’s windscreen.

Tasia was thrown out of his arms and crashed down onto the ground, banging her head and killing her instantly.

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He suffered head injuries and fractured bones and his girlfriend suffered no injuries.

The driver’s called the ambulance and reportedly said he was driving with what happened an accident.

But police who began looking at the background to the incident soon began to suspect there was more to it and soon ascertained who was driving, says Corriere.

The suspect had twice been reported for driving without a license, in March and August 2020.

On March 13, another Ukrainian refugee died after a bus carrying around 50 refugees veered off a motorway and overturned in Italy.

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Several people are also reportedly injured following the crash early this morning on the A14 highway in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Italy’s Interior Ministry said the bus had set out from Ukraine and was heading south to Pescara, an Adriatic port city, when it overturned.

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