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Updated: 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | Posted: 6:31 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013
By Scott Wickersham
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. —
Neighbors want help finding a woman that they said was driving unsafely as their children played outside. They called police and posted a video they shot on YouTube. The video shows a frightening scene on Saturday -- the car smashed through a barrier and shot down a greenway packed with families in Huntersville. Neighbors believe the driver was drunk and contacted Eyewitness News with the hopes that someone will recognize her car, which now has significant damage. "I was standing in the center of the street here; there were kids running around," said Chris Biggiano. Biggiano said that a woman pulled into the cul-de-sac near Birkdale Village at a high rate of speed. When parents flagged the woman down, she was slurring and appeared drunk, and then she pulled her silver Acura onto the Greenway entrance, Biggiano said. Baggiano started recording with his phone. The driver tried to back up and then hit the gas. "She speed down and to the left at 40 mph -- there were people everywhere," he said. At one point, she skidded over a pedestrian bridge, tearing off the door of her car. Police collected the door as evidence. Mike Dibenedictis followed her on his bike. "I yelled out to some people to jump out of the way," he said. "I was on 911 telling them we have this crazy drunk driver," said Dibenedictis' wife, Kim Dibenedictis. Neighbors said police walked down the trail and the woman drove past them, but she eventually found her way out another Greenway entrance and escaped. Baggiano's daughter was riding in a red toy car close to the Greenway seconds before the woman drove over the barrier. He feels that the woman could have killed someone. "I want her to go to jail," he said. Neighbors said the driver was probably in her 20s with black hair and tan skin. The North Carolina tag number was visible in the video, but police said it is registered to a Dodge Neon. Police ask anyone who has seen a silver Acura missing a right-side mirror and door panel to call Cornelius police at 704-892-7773.
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