QUEENS, New York—A wild case of road rage left at least four people injured Monday night, November 16, according to CBSN New York. Three men and a woman had been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
“It was a street fight and it escalated very quickly. And we see this car run into the store and people reaction was so shock, people were so panic,” said Hailing Chen of Flushing.
Video footage shows four men brawling on Kissena Blvd moments before the car crash. Witnesses said the two parties were fighting over a parking spot. Police later identified the driver as 24-year-old Jie Zou and his passenger, Johnathan Zhang.
Zou was the one initially swinging the baseball bat before it was taken from him during the brawl. Police later identified 35-year-old Zong Li as the one who got hit by the car after swinging at Zou’s Audi. Both men have been charged with assault while Zou was additionally charged with reckless endangerment. All four men involved were arrested.
“Beat him up and tried to damage his vehicle. I think that’s why he got mad. He making a U-turn of his vehicle, drove up to the curbside and smashed into the bakery,” witness Andy Chen stated.
John Lo, owner of the newly opened Rainbow Bakery said the glass and the interior wall of his business needed to be fixed, according to CBSN New York. Monday marked Rainbow Bakery’s grand opening.
“It’s unbelievable, how a car can go that way,” Lo said.
“Very sad,” Lo told the New York Daily News. “We put a lot (of money) in for the renovation and then…(he) almost destroyed it all…It’s lucky it’s the first day, not too many know we are open. And at the time, nobody in here. Nobody hurt, nobody died.”