Woman Allegedly Runs Over Repo Man
Nutley woman allegedly hit tow truck driver who tried to repossess her car
A Nutley woman was arrested Monday after striking a repo man with the car he was trying to tow away and fleeing the scene, Police Chief James Batelli said.
Police started looking for Nicole Diantonio, 25, after the tow truck driver called 911 Monday around 4:15 p.m., Batelli said. The altercation happened in the parking lot of the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, police said.
"[Diantonio] disputed the claim that the bank had ordered the vehicle's repossession," Batelli said, "And [when] the victim handed Diantonio his cellular phone to talk to the bank representative, [she] allegedly … attempted to flee the scene. The victim claimed he attempted to retrieve his cell phone and at that time was struck by the vehicle,” Batelli said.
Diantonio then allegedly drove off on Route 17 South, Batelli said.
Mahwah Police Officer Michael Direnzo responded to the scene, and found the victim with leg injuries, and two witnesses who reported seeing him on top of the hood of Diantonio’s car, Batelli said. The tow truck driver was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for leg injuries and further examination, police said.
Mahwah officers Rob Rapp and Michael Blondin found Diantonio driving on Route 17 South. Batelli said she police found heroin and drug paraphernalia in her car.
“It was also determined that there was an active warrant for Diantonio out of Nutley, New Jersey,” he said.
The investigation into the alleged hit-and-run is ongoing, and additional charges may be filed after it is completed, Batelli said.
Diantonio is scheduled for a first appearance in Mahwah municipal court on April 10.