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Driver Pleads Innocent to Hitting Woman, Baby in Stroller

Joseph Ansari, 21, of Union City is charged with running his car into a woman who was pushing her child in a stroller in Fremont last month.

A Union City man who drove his car into  in Fremont last month pleaded not guilty to felony reckless driving Tuesday, according to media reports.

, 21, is charged with causing bodily injury while speeding during road rage incident, the Fremont Argus reports.

A pretrial hearing has been set for Oct. 4, the newspaper said.

Prosecutors say Ansari was speeding in his 2000 Nissan Maxima when he struck the mother and her baby daughter at about 11 a.m. on July 18 near the intersection of Fremont and Peralta boulevards. The woman, her 1-year-old daughter and her 3-year-old son were standing on the northeast corner sidewalk while waiting to cross the street.

The 43-year-old mother suffered a concussion, along with a broken nose and cuts on her face and arms, the Argus reports. The 1-year-old baby suffered a head injury and was treated at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The other child was not hurt.

According to the Argus, Ansari told police that another driver sped past him while he was waiting at a red light on Peralta Boulevard at west Paseo Padre Parkway.

Court documents revealed that Ansari became angry and stomped on the gas. He told police that his car reached 65 mph, the same speed that he said the other driver was at, near the area of Peralta Boulevard and Camden Street. The speed limit there is 35 mph, police told the newspaper.

Ansari told police that he passed the other driver, who slowed down, but realized he was going too fast, the Argus reports. Ansari slammed his brakes, which locked up. The car spun out, slid and hit a light pole. He said he saw two pedestrians right before the impact and helped pull a woman from under his car after the accident.

Read the full Argus report here.

FunkMasterJ August 24, 2012 at 02:46 AM
What an idiot. Does he actually believe he has nothing to do with hitting that woman and baby? What's that? Someone else was driving and speeding in your car? Hmm That person switched places with you and vanished right after hitting that poor lady? Oh my.. Yeah I still don't believe you. You were obviously speeding and lost control of your vehicle and slammed into that woman and her baby. You sir, need to accept the consequences of making a really stupid decision.
Jon Dough August 25, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Throw the book at him! Take his license away for a very long time. He can start taking AC Transit. One less moron on the street driving.
scott sizar October 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
FunkMasterJ, He's either incredibly stupid or he's got the usual scum-bag defense lawyer who is either going to blame the lady and her child for the accident, try to say it was a mechanical problem with the car, or blame the city for some random thing like saying they didnt maintain the light intervals properly. This person will never take responsibility for what he did. I'm suprised he didnt say someone else was driving his car, or the other driver pulled a weapon on him and he was trying to get away. I'm waiting to see what excuse his defense lawyer comes up with.

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