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Melrose woman hospitalized after Facebook-fueled hit-and-run

Posted by Travis Andersen  January 5, 2010 02:21 PM

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A dispute that began with a Facebook exchange between Woburn teens and a group of girls from Melrose on New Year's Eve ended in a hit and run that sent a local woman to the hospital after she was catapulted by a car.

Amanda Mantini, 18, of Woburn, was summoned to court last Thursday to answer charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury and violating marked lanes after she allegedly hit Nicole McCarthy, 40, of 57 Vinton St. Mantini's arraignment status was not immediately available on Tuesday.

McCarthy was catapulted into the air, according to the police report, and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. She was released on Jan. 1, a hospital spokesperson said.

Melrose Police Lieutenant Paul Norton said McCarthy sustained injuries to her left hand, left elbow, right elbow, left shin, head, and nose.

Norton said Mantini and a group of "four or five girls" arranged to fight several Melrose teens after Mantini and the Melrose group exchanged sharp words on Facebook.

Mantini drove her friends behind Papa Gino's on Main Street in Melrose last Thursday afternoon and were met by the Melrose teens, according to the report. Mantini told police that when she followed the Melrose teens to a house on Vinton Street, about 15 youths were waiting in front of the residence, prompting Mantini to drive away.

That's when McCarthy, the mother of a teen-aged girl living at the house, tried to stop Mantini's silver Pontiac G6 to discuss the dispute, the report states, but Mantini kept driving and hit her, police said.

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