Police: Pittsfield driver struck man on purpose

Harmony Edwards-Persip says victim was a drug dealer who threatened her

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield woman police say intentionally struck a man in crosswalk with her car has been held without bail.

A lawyer for 20-year-old Harmony Edwards-Persip said in court Monday that his client acted in self-defense because the man she struck is a gang member and drug dealer who has been threatening her.

Prosecutors say Edwards-Persip swerved and struck the 24-year-old man at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the victim, who blacked out, told police Edwards-Persip was grinning. A witness said the man flew into the air from the impact. The victim was treated at the hospital for bruises and soreness, but did not have any fractures.

Edwards-Persip pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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