Woman Drives into Oncoming Traffic to Test Her Faith
On January 7, Nadejda Reilly, 51, was arrested for driving into oncoming traffic, ostensibly to test her faith. She admitted to Pennsylvania State Trooper Bruce Balliet she had been driving along State Route 93 for several hours awaiting a “calling from God.” She then entered the opposite lane in an attempt to “test” her “faith” by driving “through” an oncoming vehicle.
There were three individuals in the vehicle she hit and two of them, including a 14-year-old girl, were injured. Reilly also suffered injuries in the crash and she and the victims were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton.
According to court documents, Reilly was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, along with several traffic charges related to the crash. “Reilly related God took care of her by not letting her be injured,” Bailliet wrote in his affidavit. “Reilly expressed no concern or remorse for the victims. Reilly also stated she did not care if the other people were injured because God would have taken care of them.”
She was initially released on a $50,000 bond, but Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. revoked it Wednesday, January 15, for the protection of the community and to ensure Reilly received psychiatric help.