Drunk driver rammed the car, injuring the U.S. military translator in Afghanistan, authorities say

Muhammad Fawad Mohammadi, right, who worked for the U.S. army as a translator, had part of a leg amputated after a drunk driver drove into him, authorities said.


A Washington state man has been indicted on charges of attempted murder, in connection with a March 6, vehicle attack, and that resulted in a U.S. military translator from Afghanistan to undergo a partial leg amputation.

Perry George Nicolopoulos, 68, was indicted by a grand jury in Lincoln City, Oregon, where he allegedly intentionally rammed his car in Muhammad Fawad Mohammadi on the parking lot of a Walgreens pharmacy, Portland KOPB-FM reported.

Perry George Nicolopoulos has plenty of run-ins with the law in the state of Washington, authorities said.

(Lincoln County Jail)

Nicolopoulos was drunk at the time, authorities said, adding that there is no direct evidence to regard the attack as a hate crime.

“We don’t know his mentality. We have no idea what his motives were, or his mental state, otherwise than that he was under the influence,” said Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City Police Department.

Mohammadi, an Afghanistan native who served as an interpreter for the AMERICAN forces, was with his wife and son at the time of the attack.

According to the authorities: First, Nicolopoulos’ car hit Mohammadi the Toyota Prius. Then Mosavi and his wife Nelab Sarabi got out to inspect the damage and exchange insurance information, leaving their son inside.

Nicolopoulos then drove off in the couples’ car, according to a statement. But this time, Mohammadi was pinned by Nicolopoulos’ car in a door of its own.

Nicolopoulos reversed his vehicle and then crashed into the Prius again before driving away, authorities said.

The police found Nicolopoulos’ number plate embedded in the Prius.

Meanwhile, Mohammadi was flown to a hospital in Portland, where doctors amputated one of his legs about 6 inches below the knee.

The police said that they found no evidence that Nicolopoulos, whose last known address was in Tacoma (Washington), committed a hate crime.

Nicolopoulos is in the county jail on $ 1 million bail. He is assigned a court-appointed lawyer.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the Mohammadi family. Friday, more than half of the $100,000 goal was raised. Many of the commenters thanks Mohammadi for his service in the United States and wished him a speedy recovery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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