A truck driver accused of a horrific road rage attack on two schoolteachers also allegedly assaulted a couple with a baseball bat.
Elten Gevergizyan, 27, allegedly tailgated and side-swiped a car before confronting the two women, aged in their 60s, armed with a hammer and a stick near Melbourne Airport on Saturday, the court heard.
Leigh Mahady and her friend were driving along the Tullamarine Freeway, in Melbourne, on Saturday at about 1.10pm when Gevergizyan allegedly began tailgating and beeping his horn at them.
He also allegedly placed his finger across his throat to indicate the women were ‘about to die’.
Elten Gevergizyan, 27, is accused of a horrific road rage attack on a schoolteacher and her friend on a freeway
Driver Leigh Mahady, 62, and Julie Dougherty, 60, (pictured) were victims of a road rage incident along the Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne
Ms Mahady said she was driving at 80km/h on the freeway when Gevergizyan allegedly aggressively rammed her car twice before pulling in front, according to reports.
Investigators said the truck hit the side of the car, pushing it towards a concrete barrier causing damage to the tyres, side mirror and doors.
Ms Dougherty said she feared for her life during the terrifying incident.
Ms Mahady said she decided to take note of the driver’s number plate and follow the him until he had come to a stop.
When Ms Mahady got out of the car to get the truck driver’s number plate, Gevergizyan allegedly pulled over and approached them with a hammer and a stick.
Ms Mahady said he pushed her while her friend tried to run away.
She claimed Gevergizyan then pushed her friend into a ditch and allegedly threatened her with his hammer.
Ms Mahady said she told Gevergizyan she had taken down his number plate.
He allegedly responded by taking away her friend’s phone to ensure that the police would not be contacted. Later on, however, he gave the phone back to her.
According to police statement, Gevergizyan told the women to get back in the car and proceeded to strike the vehicle multiple times, causing further damage.
It was then that he lost control of the hammer and it fell into the back seat as the women reversed away.
The women drove to the Sunbury police station to report the matter.
Two elderly women were involved in a violent road rage involving a truck driver in Victoria
Gevergizyan was arrested on Tuesday and appeared at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on Wednesday
Gevergizyan was arrested on Tuesday and appeared at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
He was charged with conduct endangering life, threats to kill and assault over the freeway incident.
Court documents, released on Wednesday, alleged Gevergizyan ran a car off the road at 100km/h at Epping on Sunday before reportedly hitting a man and a woman with a baseball bat.
He faces several charges over that incident.
In court, Gevergizyan sat in the dock with ruffled dark hair and did not speak during his brief appearance.
His defence lawyer Mihal Greener said it was Gevergizyan’s first time in custody and he was suffering from drug withdrawal since his arrest and needs asthma medication.
‘He’d like some assistance with ice withdrawal. He’s feeling very nauseous,’ Ms Greener said.
Gevergizyan did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. His lawyer indicated he will seek release when he returns to court on June 8.
The violent road rage occurred on the Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne on Saturday about 1.10pm
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