Bury tourist killed in Rome scooter accident

A woman from Greater Manchester has been knocked down and killed by a scooter in Rome.

Deborah Woods, 31, a clinical psychologist from Bury died in the early hours of Thursday when she was hit while crossing Piazzale Flaminioa.

Her boyfriend Graham Openshaw who was uninjured, had earlier jokingly tweeted they were "not getting hit by mopeds".

The couple had visited Rome on their way home from a wedding in Italy.

Mr Openshaw, who had been his friend's best man, sent a message to friends on Twitter during the day saying: "Spent the rest of the day wandering through Rome. Looking at old buildings. Nearly seeing Berlusconi and not getting hit by mopeds."

Ms Woods is believed to have been killed instantly as she crossed the busy city centre road.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national, Deborah Woods, in Rome on 9 June 2011.

"We are in touch with next of kin and are providing consular assistance. We are also liaising with local authorities to help where we can."

It was reported in Rome that the 25-year-old scooter rider was in a serious condition in hospital.

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