A man who is being hailed as the hero of his community after saving his elderly mother from a speeding car has been arrested on suspicion of assault and child neglect.
Police say 40-year-old Richard D. McPherson of the city of New Brunswick, N.J., has been charged with assault and two counts of child neglect, a fourth-degree felony.
McPhersell was the driver of the vehicle that struck the elderly woman on a rural road, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The woman, who was transported to the hospital, was in stable condition, authorities said.
New Brunswick police said they responded to a call for a collision at about 1:45 p.m.
Sunday, when a silver sedan pulled alongside a gray Ford Fusion.
“A male passenger in the car told dispatch he was in the passenger seat and the woman was sitting in the driver’s seat,” according to a statement from the Larimar County Sheriff�s Office.
As the driver drove to a stop on a shoulder, the passenger was hit by the car, the sheriff�s office said.
The man was able to pull out a knife and a baseball bat and use the blade to fend off the car as it sped off, according to the statement.
The driver of another vehicle pulled over and called 911, the statement said.
McPhereys vehicle, a silver 2000 Ford Fusion, was described as a silver Honda Accord with tinted windows.
A man who was riding in the back of the car was hit in the leg and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities added.
McWhortson told deputies he was speeding when he saw the woman lying on the ground and yelled at the driver, “I think she�ll be OK,” the statement read.
In a separate incident, the woman told deputies she was driving on a highway when a vehicle swerved to avoid her.
The woman said the driver honked his horn and sped off before hitting the woman, the Sheriff�t Office said.
In a news conference Monday, New Brunswick Police Chief Ken Johnson said the woman�s injuries were not life-threatening.
The driver of that car, who has not been identified, has been identified as 29-year old Mark M. Caruso of New Jersey, authorities previously said.
Both incidents occurred at about 4 p.c.
Monday, authorities in the Larimarca area said.