Manslaughter Investigation in Tito Traversa Death

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A quickdraw assembled incorrectly, in a manner similar to the quickdraws used by Tito Traversa in his fatal accident.

A quickdraw assembled incorrectly, in a manner similar to the quickdraws used by Tito Traversa in his fatal accident.

8/26/13 - According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, authorities have named five manslaughter suspects in an investigation into the death of 12-year-old Tito Traversa. The young climber died in early July when eight improperly assembled quickdraws failed as he was lowering off a warm-up route in France.

The prosecutor entered into the docket five people: the owner of the Italian company that produced the rubber "keepers" designed to keep carabiners from flipping out of position on quickdraws; the store that sold the quickdraws; the manager of the club that organized the trip during which Traversa was killed; and two instructors who were working with the group at the cliff in Orpierre, France. The newspaper also reported that the prosecutor is still investigating a relative of the girl who loaned the incorrectly assembled quickdraws to Traversa.

Last week, the same newspaper reported that the prosecutor in Turin, Italy, had opened a criminal investigation after Traversa's father filed a formal complaint.

French authorities earlier concluded that eight of the ten quickdraws Traversa borrowed had been assembled incorrectly, so that carabiners were threaded only through the rubber "keeper" and not through the full-strength sewn loop at the ends of the quickdraws.

Source: La Repubblica