• Gianluca Reale

Migrants, in Siculiana Eritrean fleeing from the hotspot was run over. Three policemen injured

Tragedy at the first reception center of Siculiana, in the province of Agrigento. A migrant fleeing from the reception center Villa Sikania, a former hotel converted into a hotspot, was hit by a car and died along the State Road 115. He was a 20-year-old Eritrean arrived in the structure last August 1. Injured, because run over by the same car, Volkswagen Touareg, also three policemen who were trying to stop him.

Il luogo dell'incidente a Siculiana

The policemen were transferred to the San Giovanni di Dio hospital in Agrigento. Two have reported traumas and various contusions, the third has a bad fracture and will have to undergo surgery. Arrested - for the hypothesis of road homicide and driver's escape - the motorist. He is a thirty-four years old from Realmonte.

The young Eritrean was participating in an escape attempt together with other migrants, in the middle of the night. The group of migrants - after they had protested for the whole afternoon, with about twenty of them also climbing on the roof of the reception structure - managed to escape, reaching the road. The policemen who were on surveillance duty at Villa Sikania were chasing them. However, the Volkswagen Touareg crashed into the fleeing migrants and the policemen and swept them away. For the young Eritrean man there was nothing to do, the three officers were injured. On the spot, for the whole night, the police (present also the police commissioner of Agrigento) and the carabinieri worked on the surveys to reconstruct the dynamics of the accident. At dawn an arrest was made for the driver who, apparently, did not stop immediately after the impact.   

«The Ministry of the Interior is working daily to safely manage a very complex network of reception centers. Similar tragedies such as that of the death of the migrant hit by a car, must never happen again», the Minister of Interior, Luciana Lamorgese, said. «I express my closeness and wish the three policemen a speedy recovery». But the political controversy exploded.