A Half Moon Bay man who roughed up his 82-year-old grandmother because she was driving too slowly was sentenced to three years probation on Wednesday.
Vittorio Valdez, 27, pleaded no contest to felony elder abuse and kidnapping in the insane attack on his 105-pound granny, who had been giving him a ride because his license was suspended,prosecutors said.
Valdez served 158 days in jail following his arrest for the crime, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
Around 11:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Valdez was picked up in his grandmother’s BMW in Palo Alto, authorities said. When they reached Half Moon Bay, he became enraged that his granny wasn’t putting the pedal to the metal, and so he “pounded on the dashboard and pushed her right leg down to accelerate the car,” prosecutors said.
Terrified, the granny pulled into a Shell gas station, but that only made her grandson angrier. He pulled her from the driver’s seat, threw her into the passenger seat, then punched her in the face several times while holding her down, prosecutors said.
A witness at a nearby 7-Eleven called 911. Valdez sped off on state Route 92. A San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy spotted the BMW on the highway and followed him.
The deputy “saw the suspect grab his grandmother’s hair and slam her against the passenger window several times,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
When the deputy pulled Valdez over, his grandmother jumped out of the car screaming for help, the deputy said.
Valdez’s grandmother wanted no criminal action against her grandson, Wagstaffe said.