Bystanders help Chris Snyder's wife

PITTSBURGH -- A man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder in a traffic dispute while Snyder sat in the car, unable to get out because he'd had back surgery, police said.

Investigators say Carla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly collided Wednesday. The 44-year-old Modhwadia followed her to a gas station, kicked the vehicle and swung at Carla Snyder. Authorities say he ripped a mirror off the car.

A passer-by and an off-duty police officer subdued him. Police say Modhwadia bit the bystander and threw punches with keys between his fingers. He also took off his shoe and threw it in their direction before being subdued.

Police say the Snyders' two children were in the car.

Modhwadia was charged with aggravated assault, assault, criminal mischief and driving with an invalid license. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

A Pirates spokesman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the team is thankful people stepped in to keep the family from harm.

"We are grateful for those bystanders who stepped up to assist Chris to ensure no physical harm was done to his wife and children," Brian Warecki told the newspaper.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.