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NBC New York reports a 55-year-old man allegedly ran over a 65-year-old man after a fender bender in Brooklyn Thursday night, dragging the victim for roughly two blocks before leaving him to die in the road in front of his wife.
The New York Daily News reports the initial confrontation occurred in the parking lot of Costco on Second Ave. near 37th St. in Sunset Park, where the victim had been shopping.
Police say the suspect’s van and the other vehicle, which the victim’s wife was driving, were involved in a minor fender bender. The suspect then fled the scene.
The victim hopped in his car and gave chase, catching up with the suspect’s electrical workers van at the intersection of 65th Street and Third Avenue, shortly after 9 PM.
The 65-year-old man, identified as Gavriel Mardaknayevy, of Brooklyn, got out of his wife’s car and tried to confront the 55-year-old driver of the other vehicle. He had walked in front of the suspect’s van when the suspect allegedly accelerated, striking Mardaknayevy and dragging him for at least 2 blocks, authorities say.
The suspect stopped his car and was taken into custody, police say. Charges against him are pending.
Firefighters and others lifted the van and pulled Mardaknayevy out from under the vehicle. Mardaknayevy was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Hospital.
ABC NY spoke with a good samaritan, Michael Othman, who witnessed the entire incident and used his vehicle to block the fleeing van’s path.
“She just seen her husband right in front of her,” Othman said. “The guy just hit him and dragged him in front of the wife. She was going crazy. I held her up on the side, got her water. It was sad. Very sad.”
Othman said “within the two blocks, I tried to stop him two times. The last one I stopped him right here, took him out of the car, grabbed him, put him up against the wall. I told him, ‘Don’t move. Are you crazy? You have a dead body under the (van).’ He didn’t know what he was doing.”
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