Driver blames bad alignment for close call with pedestrian

Norman Miller

A Framingham man who police said nearly ran down a pedestrian who complained about his speeding on Pitt Road on Friday blamed car trouble for the near collision.

Christos Kokkalis, 19, was arrested at 6:16 p.m. after the victim called police about the incident, Lt. Paul Shastany said.

The man, whom police did not name, said he was walking his dogs along Pitt Road when he saw a car driving fast in the opposite lane. He said he raised his arm to signal the driver to slow down.

"When he did that, the car suddenly swerved from its lane and started driving right at him," Shastany said. "The victim said he had to grab his dogs and jump out of the way."

The car, driven by Kokkalis, went to the end of the street, made a U-turn and raced back toward the victim.

The car stopped just short of hitting the man, and Kokkalis jumped out of his car and screamed at the victim, police said.

"He said, 'Let's settle this right now. Meet me back here at 10 (p.m.)," Shastany said.

A woman who was walking her dog told police she saw what happened. She estimated the car was going about 65 mph in a 30 mph zone. She said it appeared as if the driver intentionally swerved to hit the man who was walking, the lieutenant said.

Police went to Kokkalis' 5 Pitt Road home and questioned him. He admitted he "had words" with the other man, but denied trying to run him over.

"He said the alignment on his car is out and it turns on its own," Shastany said.

Kokkalis was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

He pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment Monday and was released without bail. He is due back in court on April 20 for a pretrial conference.

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