2023-11-27 Man Pushes Random Guy into the Street, Watches as He’s Crushed by a Truck - autoevolution

Man Pushes Random Guy into the Street, Watches as He’s Crushed by a Truck

In today’s “the world can be a terrible, scary place” news, a supposedly homeless man from Los Angeles pushed a random passerby into the street and then watched as he was being run over by a truck.
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It all happened in broad daylight, under the terrified gaze of other people who couldn’t intervene. The incident was captured on CCTV and was instrumental in catching the culprit, as he forgot to remove the neon green jacket he was wearing at the time of the attack.

ABC7 was the network to first air the footage, and you can also see it in the video at the bottom of the page. When it starts, the man is sitting outside a store in downtown LA. He tries to scare a woman but she doesn’t seem too impressed and then, as another man walks into the frame, he lunges at him and pushes him into the street.

A truck hits him and the man, believed to be in his 60s, becomes pinned under the front wheel. His attacker bends to look at him and then picks up something off the ground – presumably, something his victim had dropped. Then, hands in pockets, he calmly walks away.

Firefighters responded to the scene of the incident and rushed the victim to the hospital. He’s suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs, and is listed as being in critical condition. However, he is expected to survive.

About an hour after ABC7 aired the shocking footage, the same firefighters that helped the victim spotted the assailant walking on a nearby street.

“It was definitely the bright neon rain jacket and the baggy pants, and just the demeanor the guy had,” firefighter Austen Johnson says of spotting the suspect.

They followed him for a few blocks and then sprung and detained him, handing him over to the police when they responded the call. The man’s identity hasn’t been made public.

“I hope the gentleman he pushed has a speedy recovery and for the individual that did push him, hopefully he can do a little soul searching on what he did was wrong, and keep him off the street from hurting anybody else,” Cpt. Raymond Robles tells the same media outlet.


Please note that the footage below contains images that may cause upset.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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