Driver guilty over Moray crash that killed five people

An Italian tourist has been convicted of causing the deaths of five people, including his four-year-old son, in a crash in the north east of Scotland.

Alfredo Ciociola, 50, drove a minibus onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a car on the A96 near Keith in July 2018.

Three passengers in the car were killed, along with Ciociola’s friend Frances Saliba and his son Lorenzo.

Ciociola was convicted of causing death by careless driving after a trial.

He had denied the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The three people who died in the car – Audrey Appleby, Evalyn Collie and Edward Reid – had been returning from a dancing event at the time of the crash.

The car’s driver, Morag Smith, was seriously injured.

Ciociola’s wife Concetta Passanisi was also seriously hurt, but their three-year-old son Frederico escaped with minor injuries.

Frances Saliba’s husband Francesco Patane also sustained seriously injuries.

Ciociola was extradited from Italy…

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