Manslaughter Charges Filed after Tito Traversa Accident

According to the Italian news source La Repubblica Torina, manslaughter charges have been filed after investigation into the accidental death of Tito Traversa.  On July 5, the 12-year-old Italian climber died after falling approximately 40 meters from the anchors of a climbing route in Orpierre, France. Initial investigations by French authorities revealed that his quick draws were improperly assembled with the carabiners attached to the webbing by only a small rubber keeper intended to hold the carabiner in position, not bear weight.

La Republicca Torina reported on August 21 that the public prosecutor of Turin, Raffaele Guariniello, opened a case against “unknown” after a complaint filed by Tito’s father.  Today, the same news source reports that Guariniello has communicated with the French police that investigated the case who have confirmed that eight out of ten of Tito’s quick draws were improperly assembled.  After reviewing the case and interviewing witnesses, the public prosecutor has filed manslaughter charges against five people.

The owner of the company that produced the rubber keeper is charged for not including proper instructions for assembly in the packaging.  The manager of the club that organized the trip and two instructors that were on site are charged for failing to control the correct assembly of the equipment.  A sixth person, a relative of the girl that lent the equipment to Tito, is still under investigation but not currently charged.

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4 Responses to Manslaughter Charges Filed after Tito Traversa Accident

  1. Nigel B Aug 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    A sad and sorry end to a tragic accident, the ambulance chasers are the only ones to benefit.

  2. Chris F Aug 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    True about the tragic accident, but ambulance chasers usually refers to lawyers who are after personal injury claims.

    This is an inquest by a public prosecutor, not really the same thing. While they are trying to find out who is responsible (it may not be blamed on a single party), there will also be corrective actions put in place to prevent similar accidents from happening again, which can only be a good thing.

    It’s the right and only thing to do.

  3. Andy Davies Aug 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    If someone close to me died in an accident due to gross negligence, I would want it to be investigated. Having said that though, I do believe we are all accountable for our own safety and hence should check gear, rope length, belayer competence etc before casting off. Becomes a bit tricky with kids, as kids are not really wise enough to think like that. And if I was the “instructor” of a bunch of kids, I think its a fair assumption that such a good climber (Tito) would be aware of the dangers and safety requirements of climbing. Either way a very tragic and unnecessary accident. Hope we all learn from it.


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