Antonelli Viglino is the man who was driving the Mercedes that hit actor George Clooney on Tuesday. Viglino has opened up about what caused the incident.
He told Italian newspaper Il Giornale, that he couldn’t see anything at the time of the accident as the sun was in his eyes. Luckily, Clooney wasn’t badly injured in the incident.
Viglino, 65, is an Italian grandfather who smashed into Clooney's scooter in Sardinia on Tuesday. The man had come to a stop and was about to turn left, crossing Clooney's path, when the actor smashed into him at a speed of 60mph.
A video of the horrific collision showed the actor being flung from his bike and landing on the ground. He survived with no head injuries but with some damage to his pelvis.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Viglino said he was shocked to learn who Clooney was once his helmet had been removed.
Viglino, who is a plumber, was on his way to work to perform maintenance on a villa on the island when the incident occurred. After the crash, he was so upset that he slumped against a wall on the side of the road and had to be driven home by a friend.
Before leaving the scene, one of Clooney's security guards, who had been driving in front of him on his own scooter, told him who had been hit. The man said, 'You hit Clooney.’
'I didn't see anything, I had the sun on my eyes. I was about to turn, I just got over the line.'
Antonelli Viglino, Il Giornale, July 11, 2018
A disorientated Viglino asked who that was and the security guard explained that Clooney was the actor who shot the film at the airport. The star is in Sardinia filming the Hulu series Catch-22.
Viglino wanted to visit the star at John Paul II hospital but by the time he could, Clooney had already been discharged. His spokesman Stan Rosenfield said, "He is recovering at his home and will be fine."
Gianni Visciano, a witness who was driving a pickup truck revealed that the actor was shouting and when one of his escorts took off his helmet. At the time, he seemed unable to move his legs and held his head.
Sergio Gavazzi, the owner of a nearby Costa Corallina café, added, 'There was great confusion. Cars were queuing as people stopped to look.’
He shared that one of Clooney's escorts shouted that no photos should be taken and no mobile phones.