Pucci fashion house heiress in manslaughter probe: media

A model presents a creation from the Emilio Pucci Autumn/Winter 2016 collection on Feb 25, 2016.
A model presents a creation from the Emilio Pucci Autumn/Winter 2016 collection on Feb 25, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - The heiress of Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci is under investigation for manslaughter after the death of two Egyptians killed when a tree on the family's property fell onto their car, media reports said Tuesday.

Mohammed Fuad and his brother Mahamaoud Fuad were in the front seats of the car when it was crushed by a large pine tree in Rome. Mohammed Fuad's wife, who was sitting in the back, was seriously injured.

The 80-year-old tree, which appeared to be diseased, was on the land of the Pucci family's Rome estate.

Laudomia Pucci, daughter of the Florentine Marquis Emilio Pucci who founded the fashion house, risks being charged with manslaughter for failing to look after the trees on a property the family rarely uses, the reports said.

Il Messaggero daily said neighbours had made a complaint to the council about the trees, which they warned were at risk of falling, but had seen no action taken. The property's caretaker was an elderly widow, it said.