TRUMBULL COUNTY Man says he saw SUV run over wife
The SUV driver remains jailed in lieu of a $1 million bond.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
GIRARD -- Robert Norman believed his wife had been killed after she was run over by a sport utility vehicle outside a Liberty grocery store.
"Then I saw the SUV run my wife over. I thought she was dead," Norman, of Girard, testified Wednesday in Girard Municipal Court.
During a preliminary hearing for the SUV driver, Anthony Ciminero of Girard, Norman described how his wife was injured.
Ciminero has been charged with the attempted murder of Norman's 43-year-old wife, Nancy, and two counts of felonious assault.
After Norman and a Youngstown man testified before visiting Judge Emmor Snyder, Ciminero, 33, was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury on the charges.
Ciminero is being held in the county jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.
Mrs. Norman remains in Cleveland Metro Health Center, where she has undergone three surgeries to repair broken bones.
During direct examination by Girard prosecutor Robert Johnson, Norman said he and his wife had bought snacks at Giant Eagle on Belmont Avenue in Liberty the evening of July 9.
After putting the groceries in their car and getting inside, Norman told the court he felt something ram the back of their car.
"What happened?" his wife asked.
Norman testified their car was rammed a second time and then pushed over a curb and a road and into a field.
Norman told the court he felt the car tipping over and he fell out the driver's side. After he rolled over, he saw his wife getting run over by the SUV. He rushed over to her; she was bleeding.
During cross-examination by Atty. Roger Bauer of Warren, who is defending Ciminero with Atty. Maridee Costanzo, Norman testified that neither he nor his wife had been drinking. They had not had a confrontation with anybody in the store.
Identifying Ciminero as the driver of the SUV was Mikal James of Youngstown, who was standing in front of the store at the time.
James testified that after the SUV ran over Mrs. Norman, it crashed into a utility pole and then a store wall.
After the SUV stopped, he went up to it and saw a man he identified as Ciminero sitting in the driver's seat, blood on his face.
Bauer asked Judge Snyder to dismiss the charges against Ciminero, arguing that Mrs. Norman was injured in what he termed an automobile accident that wasn't intentional.
Bauer asserted there was no testimony that the crash was intentional and the matter should be settled in civil court.
Noting no motive is needed to support the charges, Johnson argued Ciminero should be bound over to the grand jury.