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Friday, 7 September, 2001, 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK
Tory MP tells of crash horror
Julian Brazier
Brazier was holidaying in Italy when the crash happened
Conservative MP Julian Brazier has told of his feelings of horror in the wake of a holiday car crash that left an Italian man dead.

The accident happened when the MP was on in Italy last week.

I was on the wrong side of the road - it is every English driver's nightmare

Julian Brazier
Mr Brazier said that he was on the wrong side of the road approaching a bend when his vehicle was in collision with an Italian motorcyclist, Carlo Civitelli, 42, who was thrown from his bike.

In the wake of the crash, the Canterbury MP arranged for a top brain surgeon to fly to Italy but the Mr Civitelli died before he arrived.

He said: "I was on the wrong side of the road. It is every English driver's nightmare.

"It is impossible to exaggerate the horror I felt by the side of the road.

"As a parent of three sons I shall carry the memory of this ... man's death with me for the rest of my life.


"My thoughts and prayers are with the ... man and his family who have been bereaved in this terrible way."

Mr Brazier said he had negotiated a complicated four-way junction just before the crash

"On a hot afternoon on holiday, I turned right and must have gone onto the left hand side of the road," he said.

"As I approached a sharp S-bend a motorcyclist came round the corner, very fast, and collided, glancing off my wing."

The MP said that after the crash he used his vehicle to block the bend to prevent a further collision and tried to give first aid to the victim until the emergency services arrived.

"He was taken from the scene to Siena in a coma. I contacted Professor Pentelenyi, President of the World Federation of Neurological Societies, through his sister Dr Boda-Novy in Whitstable.

"He kindly flew out from Budapest to try to assist. Very sadly, the patient died just before he arrived."

Extenuating circumstances

Mr Brazier said that under Italian law he could make a plea that accepted his culpability in the accident while allowing for extenuating circumstances to be taken into account.

"I am told that the police report pointed out that the marks on the road indicated the motorcyclist's extreme speed."

Mr Brazier also disclosed that he expected a court hearing about the accident in Italy during the next two years, adding that he fully submitted himself to the court but did not expect to have to attend.

The accident occurred on a country road near Siena road on 29 August.

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