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Levittown man charged after he follows woman in car, strikes her, police say

A Levittown man was arrested Thursday after, Nassau police said, he hit a woman's car and then struck her before fleeing the scene.

Police said Robert W. Anderson, 58, was aggressively following a 22-year-old woman's car while driving his 1996 Ford Taurus westbound on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown about 11 a.m. When the victim stopped at a traffic light at Hamlet Road, Anderson didn't stop and struck the back of the victim's 2003 Ford Mustang, police said.

When the victim got out to take a picture of Anderson's car, police said, he maneuvered his car around her, striking her in the knees as he fled west on Hempstead Turnpike.

A witness who saw the crash followed Anderson and called police to give them his location. Anderson was arrested on Blacksmith Road, police said.

The victim was treated at the scene for minor neck and knee injuries, police said.

Anderson, of 27 Drake Lane, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an auto accident. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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