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Westwood Police Arrest Alleged Hit-and-Run Driver

Police say Nicholas Verastegui intentionally hit a jogger with his car last week.

Westwood Police arrested the two men Monday accused of with a car on Lexington Avenue last week.

Nicholas Verastegui, 18, was charged with aggravated assault and his father, Fred Verastegui, 45, was charged with making terroristic threats, according to Police Chief Frank Regino.

According to Regino, Nicholas Verastegui, and the jogger reached an intersection on Kinderkamack Road at about the same time. Verastegui, stopped his car short when the jogger entered the street, and the two began arguing. Verastegui, then sped off, and the jogger continued to Lexington Avenue.

Nicholas Verastegui, returned with Fred Verastegui,, who got out of the car and argued with the jogger, police said. After he returned to the car, Nicholas Verastegui, drove the car up a driveway to hit the jogger, who was on the sidewalk. After the victim slid off the hood of the car, the pair fled the scene. The victim was hospitalized with broken bones and later released.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Nicholas Verastegui, and at $20,000 for Fred Verastegui.

Michele February 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Also heard he tried to jump over the car ... Might be a misunderstanding don't always believe what you read in the news
scruffy February 28, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Really, you are going to try and blame the one who got hit by the car. A "misunderstanding" what was that part, the targeting by changing streets to find the jogger , the part where the dad got out of the car to argue...Sure perhaps we do not have all the facts but let's not downplay the actions of the driver here. He drove into a driveway near the jogger...connect the dots....the gentlemen had to have been hit fairly hard to break his collarbone and ribs.
William Lang February 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
savages - the world is being taken over by savages - there is no excuse for this kind of behavior -
AmyS February 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
As a resident who lives near the incident and getting an account from my neighbors, the driver did aim for the jogger. In fact, the driver drove the car into the driveway to intentionally hit this man. There is absolutely no excuse for behavior such as this. I do agree that "you can't believe everything you read", but in this case, I "believe" that this driver should be charged with the most serious charge possible under the law.
Lisa Bontemps February 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I guess we won't see any nominations coming soon for Father of the Year for this guy! What the heck?!

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