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Italian Woman, Caterina Alzetta, Killed In Car Crash 'After Long Hair Got Stuck In Steering Wheel'

29/07/2014 13:32 BST | Updated 29/07/2014 13:59 BST

A woman has died in a car crash after her long hair reportedly became stuck in the steering wheel.

Caterina Alzetta, 20, and her older brother Pietro were driving in the Italian town of Montereale Valcellina when she rolled down a window and the high wind cause her hair get stuck in the wheel.

She tried to pull it free, causing their Ford Fiesta to veer into oncoming traffic and crash, according to Pietro, who survived and had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Local media reported she was a passenger in the car at the time.

caterina alzetta

Caterina Alzetta

Her father Michele Alzetta, who is head of the local ambulance rescue emergency service in the northern Italian town said: "My daughter's hair was thick and long, but tragically her hair got caught in the steering wheel, and as we understand it when she made a sudden movement of the head it pulled on the steering wheel."

Sunday Mass in the town was dedicated to her memory, local media reported.

She was a university student, studying physiotherapy. She is survived by her four brothers, her father and her mother, a maths teacher, it was reported.

Hundreds of mourners attended her funeral. She was described as a "beacon" within her community after her death.

She was a member of the 'Communion and Liberation' youth movement and a "carefree and cheerful" model student, it was reported.

Two men - brothers in their 40s - who were in the other car involved in the crash were taken to hospital but are expected to recover.