A Hyde Park woman had bail set at $1,000 last week at her arraignment on charges she drove onto a Seaport sidewalk and rammed a man walking there, got out, beat him, then drove away only to crash into a hydrant and light pole, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Emily Verrochi, 28, was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (car), malicious destruction of property over $1,200 and resisting arrest, the DA's office reports, adding that in addition to the bail, South Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Bolden ordered her to stay away from the Seaport while her case is pending.
According to the DA's office, State Police responded to the corner of Northern Avenue and Harborview Lane, near Liberty Wharf, around 2:15 a.m. on July 30, on a report of a car crash and possible fight:
Officers observed a Nissan Altima with heavy front end and undercarriage damage.
Witnesses told police they observed Verrochi driving erratically in the middle of the street and then onto the sidewalk, where she struck a pedestrian.
Verrochi told police she was a passenger in the vehicle, not the driver, and that two other passengers assaulted her and fled after the crash.
However, surveillance footage shows Verrochi driving the vehicle with no other passengers. Verrochi is seen making u-turns and continually passing a specific group of people on the sidewalk. She then drives onto the sidewalk at the corner of Northern Avenue at Harborview Lane, where she strikes the victim, a male, before exiting her car and attacking him. Verrochi then returns to her car, makes another u-turn and hits a fire hydrant and light pole.
The victim, who later claimed to not know Verrochi, sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.
Verrochi resisted arrest, causing troopers to fall to the ground. Verrochi sustained minor facial injuries in the incident.
According to the DA's office, Verrochi is not unknown to the local constabulary and has several convictions for assault and battery.