Man admits using SUV to purposely hit romantic rival

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HEMPFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has admitted using his SUV as a weapon against a romantic rival last year.

Seth Vanderella pleaded guilty Monday to simple assault, reckless endangerment and three traffic offenses stemming from the July 4 incident in Hempfield.

In return, Westmoreland County prosecutors dismissed an aggravated assault charge against the 27-year-old Greensburg man.

This was the second time in less than two years that Vanderella admitted causing injuries to another person with a vehicle.

He struck a female pedestrian in April 2018 when he drove onto a sidewalk in a Hempfield shopping plaza parking lot and then drove away.

The woman suffered multiple broken bones and bruises. 

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