Man recovering in the hospital after driver intentionally rams family's car, police say
A man remains in the intensive care unit a week after police say a driver intentionally rammed his car three times in Lincoln City.
Police say Fawad Mohammadi and his family were targeted.
A fun family trip to the coast on Tuesday, March 6 took a violent turn when Mohammadi made a quick stop in Lincoln City with his wife and their 18-month-old son.
Court documents state that they were inside their Prius in the parking lot of a Walgreens when about 11:45 p.m. another driver crashed into the side of the car. Mohammadi got out to inspect the damage when the driver rammed the car a second and third time.
The driver took off, however, deputies tracked down a suspect - Perry Nicolopoulos – based on witness statements and by finding his license plate embedded in the side of the Prius, according to a probable cause affidavit.
At this point, police don't know why Nicolopoulos repeatedly crashed into Mohammadi's vehicle. He was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangering and failure to perform duties of a driver.
Mohammadi is still in a Portland hospital, and close friends tell KATU News that doctors performed surgery Tuesday in an attempt to save his leg. However, he had to have part of his leg removed.
The Portland father typically runs the chef's counter at the Lake Oswego Palisades Market.
“He’s just such a hardworker and a wonderful soul,” said Laurie Boss, Mohammadi’s co-worker. “I'm shattered, I'm pretty shattered that someone could do this intentionally for no reason."
“To have it hit this close to home and to one of our own, it’s devastating,” another co-worker, Stephanie Agramonte, added.
Mohammadi was seriously hurt and remains in intensive care in the hospital.
“They are still having a hard time getting blood flow to his foot so we still aren't sure if he is going to keep his leg, he has broken hips, and his spine is fractured,” Boss said.
His work family is rallying support for him and put Mohammadi’s picture on signs and fliers throughout the store.
Mohammadi’s friends have set up a GoFundMe to help the family pay for medical bills and other costs as he recovers. They are also taking donations at the Palisades Market.
“He's much more than a co-worker, we are very good friends. It’s just sad,” Boss said.
The tight knit group is working to raise money and help support this young family.
“They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and their lives are now changed for ever,” Boss said.
And keeping the image of a dancing, funny and happy Mohammadi on their minds.
“We are all praying for him,” Boss said.