Lovers' spat leads to Castro Valley driving rampage, 5 injuries

20-year-old mother saves 18-month-old, but suffers broken neck

A lovers' spat over a cell phone and a diamond ring ended with a 19-year-old Pittsburg man driving his car into a Castro Valley duplex and injuring five people, according to Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Scott Dudek.

Four of the victims have been treated and released but a woman who suffered a broken neck remains hospitalized at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Dudek said.

The incident began shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday when the driver, whose name hasn't yet been released, came to his 20-year-old boyfriend's home in the 2200 block of Regent Way in Castro Valley and demanded the return of a cell phone and ring which he had given as gifts, Dudek said.

The driver wanted the items back because their relationship had soured, he said.

When the boyfriend refused to return the phone and the ring, the driver got back into his Ford Fusion and pushed the boyfriend into the front part of the duplex, breaking the gas main, according to Dudek. The boyfriend suffered major leg injuries but no broken bones, he said.

The driver then headed down the 50-foot driveway toward the boyfriend's half of the duplex. A 20-year-old woman who lives there was in the driveway with her 18-month-old son when she saw the car approaching at a high rate of speed, Dudek said.

The woman scooped up the boy so that he wouldn't be run over and took the hit from the car, he said.

"She saved her child from traumatic or even fatal injuries," Dudek said.

The mother remains hospitalized with a broken neck, but the boy only suffered minor injuries, according to Dudek.

The car then went into the living room, injuring the boyfriend's 47-year-old mother and 15-year-old brother and causing extensive structural damage.

An 18-year-old female passenger in the car, who was a friend of the driver, was injured when the airbags deployed, Dudek said.

The driver wasn't injured and tried to flee but was arrested a short time later near BART tracks in Castro Valley, according to Dudek.

The driver is being held without bail at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of multiple felony assault charges, Dudek said.

He said the case will be presented to the Alameda County District Attorney's office Wednesday morning and the driver is expected to be arraigned at the Hayward Hall of Justice Wednesday afternoon.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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