BALDWIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A mother and her daughter, 18, were caught up in a violent case of road rage on their way home from a supermarket in Baldwin Township last week.
The incident ended with a crash and one driver punching the mother and daughter in their faces, police said.
“She just punched me right here in the eye,” said teenager Michelle Zalavary-Gorski. "The officer even said she could have a gun or a knife. It never even entered my mind."
Police said Amanda Petrelli, 29, tailgated the victims last week.
“I could not see her headlights in my rear-view mirror. That’s how close she was,” said Zalavary-Gorski.
Zalavary-Gorski said words were exchanged, and then Petrelli intentionally collided with her car.
“There’s damage to the headlight mount,” said Zalavary-Gorski.
Police said Petrelli was using her car as a weapon after they arrived at the scene. They said she put it in reverse and tried to run down Zalavary-Gorski and a neighbor.
Petrelli faces multiple offenses, including assault and DUI. Police also charged her with possession of marijuana.