Driver allegedly hits fellow motorist with wrench


A witness told Bethlehem police she watched as an SUV jumped the sidewalk and struck a man before pulling a U-turn and trying to hit him again.

Crystal S. Legrand is facing assault and endangerment charges after allegedly running down a man Sunday evening in the 1800 block of West North Street. District Judge Donna Butler arraigned the 34-year-old Monday morning, setting bail at $50,000.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to the 1800 block of West North Street about 5:15 p.m. Sunday for a report of an SUV striking a man. A witness told officers that he saw Legrand and McKinly Faulcon arguing outside. As Faulcon started walking away on West North Street, Legrand hopped in a gold SUV and followed him, according to court records.

She reportedly got out of the SUV and began arguing again with Faulcon, according to records. That's when she got back into the vehicle and allegedly "careened" toward the victim, jumping the sidewalk and hitting him.

The witness reported that the victim rolled off the hood and appeared to injure his knee and hand.

A second witness told authorities that she was stopped at a traffic light at West Market and West Broad streets, when she saw a gold SUV driving toward the intersection. She reported seeing the vehicle accelerate over the sidewalk and hit the victim. The driver then made a U-turn in the street and allegedly swerved toward the victim again. The witness provided a description of the driver, which police said matched a description of Legrand.

Authorities said the SUV had "fresh smear marks" on the hood along with a small dent on the front of the vehicle and fresh blood on the grill. Police said Legrand readily admitted that she was driving the SUV, when Faulcon had been struck.

Court records do not specify the nature of their relationship.

Legrand, of the 1800 block of West North Street, now faces single counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. She failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.