A figure skater in her teens and her partner have lost their lives in a sudden crash when their car veered into the opposite lane of the motorway, and then struck at high speed with another vehicle.
The former Junior World Championships competitor Elly Mattiuzzo along with her companion, Daniele Volanti, who is also 18, are reported to be driving the Fiat 500 near San Marino at the time of the crash.
The vehicle suffered the “very violent” impact with the Volkswagen Golf heading in the opposite direction, as per Gazzetta.
The media outlet reported that the driver in the other vehicle was injured but not life-threatening.
A third vehicle which is one of which is a BMW is also believed to be at fault in the crash.
Car lover Mattiuzzo discovered her love for figure skating after she relocated into San Marino, where she was a student at an art institute.
She was a participant at the 2019 World Championships held in Neuchatel, Switzerland with the “Hot Shivers” group.
The friends of Mattiuzzo were told that they were “enjoying herself” when the accident took place.
“She was a girl who loved being together with her companions, who relates perfectly to them… we are destroyed and incredulous,” one person told.
One of the mothers of Mattiuzzo’s players told me that the team will “send a single message, all together, to make her feel our closeness.”
“Elly was a wonderful girl,” she said. “We had many wonderful days together and shared amazing moments.
“I’m sorry not to have [spoken to her] in recent months. I will never forget her.”
On social media, a mourner posted: “Rest in Peace, dear Elly. We’ll never forget you.”