Trial be­gins for driver who ran over woman

In­ci­dent on Broad­way fol­lowed fight in Fells Point

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Justin Fen­ton jfen­ton@balt­sun.com

Prose­cu­tors said Wed­nes­day that a man who ran over and badly in­jured a woman on a side­walk in Fells Point while try­ing to flee a fight in Fe­bru­ary had ini­ti­ated the al­ter­ca­tion.

As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Jen­nifer Brady told ju­rors that Or­lando Redd, 39, had op­por­tu­ni­ties to leave the scene af­ter start­ing a con­fronta­tion, but in­stead es­ca­lated it.

“Mr. Redd [had] only one thing on his mind — to­tal and ut­ter de­struc­tion and dam­age,” Brady told ju­rors.

Redd’s at­tor­ney, Bran­don Mead, coun­tered that his client feared for his life from a group of men who had sur­rounded his car and were try­ing to pull him out. He says he heard some­one yell “Get the gun” and a man was pound­ing on his win­dow try­ing to break it.

“Mr. Redd had no other choice to pre­serve his life,” Mead said. “He had to get out of that area.”

Redd is fac­ing two counts of first-de­gree as­sault, two counts of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty over $1,000, and traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

Jil­lian Vac­caro had just stepped out of a bar and was run over twice. She suf­fered frac­tured ribs and a bro­ken pelvis, which re­quired 12 screws to re­pair, Brady told ju­rors.

Brady said she planned to call Vac­caro as the last wit­ness.

The in­ci­dent Feb. 6 in the 700 block of South Broad­way was par­tially cap­tured by a man who broad­cast it live on Periscope. Ju­rors watched his video. Brady said a sec­ond video from an­other van­tage point would also be shown.

Brady told ju­rors that Redd was driv­ing north on Broad­way when a car blocked the road. Redd honked his horn, and af­ter the ve­hi­cle moved out of the way he pulled up and rolled down his win­dow, yelling at some­one who had been speak­ing to the driver of the other ve­hi­cle.

Brady said Redd put his ve­hi­cle in park, got in the man’s face and shoved him.

Redd punched the man sev­eral times un­til a bouncer from a nearby bar in­ter­vened, Brady said. She said Redd’s ac­tions started a “se­condary fight,” and Redd waded into that fra­cas and sucker-punched some­one.

Brady said Redd then tried to flee, but his ve­hi­cle was blocked. The Periscope video showed Redd’s Honda Odyssey re­peat­edly ram an­other ve­hi­cle. When a man opened Redd’s driver’s side door and tried to pull him out, Redd’s ve­hi­cle re­versed and dragged him. It then jumped the side­walk and ran Vac­caro over.

Redd’s ve­hi­cle then drove out of the area us­ing the side­walk, caus­ing him to run over Vac­caro again, Brady said.

Brady, nar­rat­ing the events, said Redd had “tun­nel vi­sion and doesn’t care about any­one else.”

Mead said prose­cu­tors had not charged Redd with punch­ing var­i­ous peo­ple be­fore get­ting back into his car. He said Redd’s in­volve­ment in the “se­condary fight” was com­ing to the aid of a friend who he said had been hit in the head with a chair and was be­ing stomped.

Of the men try­ing to pull Redd out of his ve­hi­cle, Mead said: “They’re not try­ing to ex­change in­sur­ance in­for­ma­tion. Mr. Redd did not want to be­come a Bal­ti­more City statis­tic that night.”

Redd was caught by po­lice just a few blocks away, Mead said, and was co­op­er­a­tive and po­lite.

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