Exclusive video shows pedestrian dive out of path of oncoming U-Haul barreling down sidewalk

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Witnesses react to frightening scene when U-Haul truck barreled down sidewalk
Lauren Glassberg spoke to witnesses who saw the frightening moments when a U-Haul truck came barreling down a sidewalk in Brooklyn.

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Exclusive video shows a pedestrian dive out of the path of an oncoming U-Haul truck that killed one and injured eight people in Brooklyn.

Video shows the U-Haul truck hit a delivery driver before speeding onto the sidewalk as a man jumps out of the way Monday morning.

Authorities say at least nine people were struck including a 33-year-old police officer who suffered injuries to his leg after being hit near 72nd Street and Third Avenue. A 32-year-old man was also struck at that location.

Several of the pedestrians that were injured were struck at locations in Bay Ridge between 5th Avenue and 12th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway.

The U-Haul also struck a man in his 30s on 4th Avenue. He was taken to Lutheran Hospital along with one other person.

The last victim, a 66-year-old man, was reportedly struck near 73rd Street and Third Avenue.

The driver, later identified as 62-year-old Weng Sor, was taken into custody in Red Hook.

Police said when they attempted to stop him, he said "shoot me, I'm not stopping" and said that he "wanted to die."

Aly Elsawah was sitting on a bench, when the suspect plowed into a deliveryman at the intersection of 72nd Street and 3rd Avenue.

"He didn't even stop, he kept going, and he hit the guy and comes this way and goes over the sidewalk," Elsawah said.

Elsawah said he scooched out of the way and yelled to a friend who was walking on the sidewalk so he could dive onto the sidewalk to avoid the truck.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | U-Haul truck barrels onto sidewalk as man dives out of the way:

Video obtained exclusively by Eyewitness News shows the U-Haul truck jumping the curb and racing down the sidewalk.

"He was very shocked, he said if he didn't jump fast like that he'd be underneath the truck," witness Tarek Mustafa said.

Fortunately that man only suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile, witnesses said the delivery driver on the scooter was alert and oriented but could only move his upper torso.

Another scene from minutes earlier showed the U-Haul plowing into another E-bike rider farther north on 3rd Avenue before backing up.

"I thought it was an action film, I never saw anything like that in my entire life," a witness named Tom said.

Former NYPD Chief of Detectives and ABC News Contributor Robert Boyce said the first thing he thought of was Sayfull Saipov, the man who drove a truck onto a bike path in Manhattan killing several people back in 2017.

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