A Rome judge on Tuesday sent Matteo Di
Pietro, a 20-year-old Youtuber, to an "immediate trial" over an
accident in Rome in June this year in which a five-year-old boy
Di Pietro, a member of the 'Borderline' Youtube collective, was driving a rented Lamborghini SUV that ran into a Smart car in the Casal Palocco district of the capital, killing the boy and injuring the victim's mother and sister.
An immediate trial is one that starts without preliminary hearings. It is set to start on February 27.
The group of Youtubers was allegedly taking part in a social video challenge involving driving the Lamborghini SUV over several days.
In June a preliminary investigations judge said Di Pietro had "rented the Lamborghini SUV with the sole and obvious purpose of impressing and capturing the attention of young web visitors in order to increase advertising revenue, to the detriment of safety and responsibility, and consequently to proceed at a speed above the indicated limits".
The SUV had allegedly been travelling at over 124 km/h immediately before impact.
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