Isabelle Marie Salgado, a Sacramento teen, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a violent interaction with a bicyclist. Salgado turned 18 less than a week after a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle had to be freed from under her Mercedes Benz SUV. The Sacramento district attorney has decided to charge her as an adult.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Hertzell, the victim and his younger brother were biking around Sacramento’s Arden Arcade area when he threw an empty can of tea in the road, not noticing Salgado’s oncoming car. Enraged, Salgado made a U-turn and gunned it for the boy. Witnesses told authorities Salgado revved her engine and sped up before running over the boy on a neighbor’s lawn. His bike was crushed and he was pinned under the engine compartment between the front two tires. The SUV came to a stop when it hit a tree. Miraculously, the boy only suffered minor injuries.
Hertzell notes that witnesses overheard Salgado on her cell phone telling someone she tried to hit the boy. Hertzell said, “When we booked her she seemed very ambivalent, and when we told her she was being booked on assault with a deadly weapon charge she was rather blasé. It was rather disturbing, actually.”