Man intentionally ran over another driver during a dispute about alley right-of-way: prosecutors

A Chicago man accused of intentionally driving over another man during an argument about who had the right-of-way in an alley has been ordered detained to await trial.

Alfredo Espita, 20, allegedly plowed his car into the other man with such force that the victim “flipped in the air” and suffered fractures to his legs, Judge Ankur Srivastava noted in his detention order.

The confrontation began around 5 p.m. on September 2 when Espita and a 25-year-old man both drove into the mouth of an alley in the 5200 block of South Artesian, officials said. Prosecutors said the cars could not pass each other without one of them backing out of the alley to make way.

Rather than cede to the other driver, both men, who did not know each other, got out of their cars and argued about the situation. Espita then returned to his 2015 Infiniti and “drove his car directly at [the victim] not making any evasive maneuvers or reducing speed,” prosecutors said in their detention petition.

Alfredo Espita | Cook County sheriff’s office; Multiplottr

He drove the front of his car directly into the other man, sending him flying into the air and shattering one of the man’s legs, according to officials. Espita allegedly drove away after striking the man. Prosecutors said a passenger in Espita’s car saw the entire incident, which was also captured on video.

Judge Srivastava called the attack “random, violent, senseless, and unprovoked.”

Prosecutors charged Espita with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm after Chicago police recently tracked him down.

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