Reports: Italian man detained after US jogger dies

Allison Owen, from Columbus, Ohio is shown in this undated photo released by Carabinieri (Italian Paramilitary Police) Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. An autopsy Thursday, Oct.6, 2011 determined that a young American woman whose body was found in a roadside canal in Italy was fatally struck by a vehicle, a lawyer for her family said. The victim, 23-year-old Allison Owens of Columbus, Ohio, worked as a tour guide. She was believed to have been jogging when struck Sunday afternoon along a busy road that runs through the Tuscan town of San Giovanni Valdarno. (AP Photo/Carabinieri, h.o)

October 7, 2011 2:51:25 PM PDT
News reports say Italian police have detained the driver of a car believed to have struck and killed an American woman while she was jogging in Tuscany.

A Tuscan businessman, Pietro Stefanoni, turned himself in early Friday after police located the vehicle and discovered it had already been repaired. The ANSA news agency reports that after some 12 hours of questioning, Stefanoni was ordered held on accusations of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crime.

Stefanoni reportedly told authorities he fell asleep at the wheel on Sunday afternoon when his car apparently fatally struck 23-year-old Allison Owens of Columbus, Ohio, as she jogged along a busy state highway running through the town of San Giovanni Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo.

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