Victim of heavily armed road rage suspect 'feared for my safety'

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 10:35:37-04

Drivers say they feared for their lives after an alleged road rage crash and shooting on M-10/Lodge last June.

Police say it happened in the southbound lanes near Schaeffer around 6 p.m. on June 21, 2016.

Michigan State Police say Michael Ziccarelli was driving a white Chrysler 300 when he slammed into another car twice, then got out of his car and opened fire.

Today Ziccarelli was back in court as witnesses took the stand.

"When he first, when the 300 rear-ended the Cadillac it seemed wow, he just rear-ended that car, but then the maneuver to go over and come back it seemed very aggressive and very intentional,” said Derek Zaliwski.

Zaliwski says he watched as the victim's car crashed into the concrete median.

Police say the female driver was left with head injuries.

Nursing student Regan Pollum says she pulled over to help. “There was blood all over her face, and it was my first reaction to make sure the lady was okay.”

These witnesses say after the crash Ziccarelli parked his car on the side of the highway, then walked back to the scene, gun in hand.

"He pulled it up to his shoulder and pointed it at me,” said Zaliwski.

"As I was going toward my vehicle, this gentleman here was walking towards my car with a larger gun pointed up,” said Pollum.

Both witnesses say they were parked and speaking with 911 dispatchers, but when they saw the gun they quickly drove away.

"I honestly feared for my safety,” said Pollum.

These drivers say they got away from the scene before seeing or hearing any gunshots fired.

Ziccarelli remains behind bars on half a million dollars bond.

He is charged with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm and six counts of Felonious Assault and Felony Firearm.

Police say Ziccarelli did surrender to them at the scene.

The next court date for this case is set for September 8th, 2017 when more witnesses are expected to testify.