A Hoffman Estates man says he is "in a lot of pain" and his vintage 1965 Mustang is banged up after a scary encounter with another motorist on I-355.
Frank Geraldi said he was taking advantage of Tuesday morning's "perfect weather" and decided to take his Mustang show car for a spin to a meeting in Joliet. He said he never could have anticipated what happened next.
"I hear an engine revving and I look over and see this sedan in the far left southbound lane. Next thing I know, the driver slams on his brakes, shoots four lanes over and gets right on my bumper," Geraldi said. "I thought he wanted me to pull over so he could carjack me but then he backed off about a car-length, revved his engine and slammed into me as hard as he could, sending me into a fishtail."
Geraldi said the driver then sped off as he pulled over and called 911.
Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Carlita Joe said the man driving the 1999 Toyota Avalon sedan that struck Geraldi's car was Justin Duncan, 21, of the 600 block of Primrose Lane in Matteson.
Joe said Duncan is accused of ramming at least four cars in a similar fashion between 9:45 and 10:37 a.m. between I-355 and Matteson.
She said Duncan was cited for several violations, including leaving the scene of an accident. She was unable to identify the other violations.
"(Duncan) told us he was upset after breaking up with a girlfriend," Joe said. "So he decided to do something stupid. That was a very unintelligent move he made."
Joe said all of the crashes were minor and no injuries were reported in any of the other crashes.
Geraldi, however, says he is in a lot of pain and his car's steel left rear bumper is caved in. He is seeing a doctor Thursday and insurance adjusters will be examining the car.
"I'm just so upset by this whole thing because it could have had a very different outcome," Geraldi said.
According to court records, Duncan also was charged with criminal trespass to property on Feb. 15 in DeKalb County.