Nov. 17—A man is accused of intentionally crashing his car to hurt his girlfriend’s children. NBC 10’s Dan Jaehnig reports.
New Bedford man is accused of intentionally driving head-on into a telephone pole Monday in an attempt to hurt his girlfriend’s children.
, 43, was arraigned Monday on a number of charges, including assault. He was ordered held without bail and to have no contact with the children.
Prosecutors said Fraticelli was upset with his girlfriend and that as a way to get back at her, he offered to drive her 15-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son and a 14-year-old friend to school. Police said the children were treated at a hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries after the crash.
Investigators said Fraticelli never wears a seat-belt and doesn’t make the children wear theirs either.
But they said Fraticelli put on his seat belt just before hitting the gas, driving across a lane of oncoming traffic, and slamming into a telephone pole. The car caught fire.
It was not immediately known why Fraticelli was upset.