An Asian American man sustained injuries all over his body from a road rage attack in New York City that saw him beaten for several minutes and ended only because he was able to flag a random police car driving by.
How it started: The victim, 28, was heading home from work around 9:40 p.m. on Sept. 13 when he rear-ended a Honda car on the Bronx River Parkway South. This led to a vicious road rage attack caught on dashcam video, the victim — a restaurant owner who has chosen to remain anonymous due to fears of retaliation toward him and his staff members — told NextShark.
- The victim was driving on the expressway’s right lane between Exits 4 and 5. He was behind an unknown car that made a sharp left lane change to avoid “something” in front of it.
- The victim hit his brakes but still bumped the back of a Black Honda Fit. He then noticed a silver Mercedes Benz in front of that vehicle.
- The Honda reportedly moved in front of the Mercedes after the collision. Both vehicles were parked on the right lane and had no license plates, according to the victim.
- More than six people from both vehicles then got out, the victim said. Among them was his male attacker, who ran to the driver’s side of his car and punched its window.
- The victim immediately called 911, but the attacker moved quickly to the passenger’s side of his vehicle. The attacker then opened the passenger door and began physically assaulting him.
- The attacker allegedly kicked the victim’s face and neck. He also tried to grab his phone and other possessions from inside his car’s compartments.
- After a few minutes, the attacker exited the victim’s vehicle, jumped on top of its front hood and started stomping on its windshield. During this time, the victim alleges he heard the attacker yell, “F*ck Chinese, f*ck, f*ck” and “I’m going to kill you.”
The aftermath: The attack reportedly ended after a New York Police Department (NYPD) vehicle randomly drove by and the victim was able to run into traffic to flag down officers “on the furthest lane.”
- The attacker was still stomping on the victim’s vehicle as officers approached the scene. However, the unidentified man managed to flee along with his “friends” from both vehicles “who were watching the entire time.”
- It took around 40 minutes for officers from the victim’s 911 call to arrive. They briefly interviewed him before sending him to Jacobi Medical Center via an ambulance.
- The victim suffered bruises all over his body, including his right eye, face, neck, both shoulders, chest, arms, right hip and thighs. He could barely walk until Saturday, Sept. 18, and could only “rest intermittently for a few hours during the day.”
Search for justice: The victim, who is still suffering from bruise pains, believes the attack was a hate crime. He hopes that by speaking out, authorities will pursue the suspect, who remains at large.
- On Sept. 15, the victim headed to the 52nd Precinct after receiving a call to recount his story to officer Daniel Baca. On the same day, he talked to officer Edward Reardon who informed him that police have information from the suspect’s two friends, who were both present during the incident.
- The individuals reportedly only identified the attacker as “Mexican” and gave no further details. Because he had no license plate, officers could not trace his whereabouts.
- “This is the craziest experience he has ever experienced, and he felt his life was threatened the first time,” the victim’s girlfriend told NextShark. “He said his mind still has clear pictures of the thick sole of the perpetrator kicking him in the face and neck.”
- She added: “We think the incident is a hate crime. He heard the perpetrator was using a racial slur during the attack. If it is not a hate crime, then what is it? Normal people might be angry when they get into a car accident, but they won’t act crazily like this. The perpetrator probably saw an Asian face and thought they were easy targets.”
Featured Image via the victim for NextShark