Tenor Salvatore Licitra remains in a coma after an accident Saturday night in which he crashed his Vespa, sustaining injuries to his head and chest. According to Italian news reports, doctors at Garibaldi Hospital say Licitra is on a ventilator and they are treating an inflammation of the lungs.
“Even if it can be improved, it is not possible to predict which brain functions are still intact,” according to a Google translation of RagusaNews.com.
According to Italian news reports, Licitra was going about 30 mph and riding without a helmet at the time of the crash, sustaining severe injuries to his head and chest. Italian news reports are vague, but apparently Licitra lost control of his scooter. No other vehicles were involved. He was taken to a hospital in Modica and transferred by helicopter to Garibaldi Hospital in Catania.
Licitra was en route to receive the Premio Ragusani nel Mondo on Sept. 3.
Tenor Salvatore Licitra in Critical Condition After Crash