X Factor star facing prison time after car ‘accident’

MILAN – Former X Factor winner Michele Bravi could be imprisoned for up to seven years for killing a 58-year-old woman in a road incident, Il Messaggero reported on Monday.

 Recent tests carried out by police indicate that Bravi, 23, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, in which he hit a woman on a BMW motorbike on Thursday evening in Milan, while he was driving a rental car, according to police sources.

 According to police reconstructions, the X Factor 2013 winner had performed a U-turn in the moment prior to crashing into the motorbike, providing the prosecution’s basis for pursuing a conviction for homicide. The defence, however, disputes the reconstruction, arguing instead that Bravi was turning left to access a driveway on the opposite side of the road when the collision occurred. If convicted, Bravi faces between two and seven years in prison.

 According to his lawyer Manuel Gabrielli, the 23-year-old is “torn by grief” and cannot take the moment out of his mind. Gabrielli also reported that his client is confident that the responsibility for the accident will be correctly determined.