NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) A father and son recovering after a suspect stole their truck, with the boy inside, and crashed it into a nearby scaffolding in Manhattan.
It happened around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The video shows a pile of collapsed scaffolding on top of a cargo truck crashing into a building on 45th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Police say it was stolen by a 30-year-old man whom witnesses said appeared to have an emotional disorder.
“Running around all these stores talking about the people trying to kill him. He crashed into someone’s truck. He stole the truck, and he reversed it… Thank goodness it’s late, or soon, but you look at it, there’s no one here, ”said one witness.
During this process, the police said that the suspect severely injured a working father and son.
A 38-year-old father is delivering bread to Manhattan restaurants, and his 15-year-old son comes along as they make the spins.
The delivery driver left the truck idling on West 44th Street. That’s when we said the suspect jumped in, punched his son in the head and drove away with him still in the car.
The father tried to stop the suspect, grabbing the doorknob, but NYPD said the car pulled back, breaking the man’s left leg and arm.
According to his boss, Michael Dellapolla at Gian Piero Bakery.
“My driver, I feel sorry for him because he has been with me for a long time, and now he’s injured in the hospital,” Dellapolla told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.
The man has worked for bakery Gian Piero in Queens for more than two decades. His boss says idling while at work is common.
“We have keys for restaurants. A bag of bread, you open the door, put it in and go, so it’s usually block by block, so they never turn off the truck. It never happened and we are doing this for 30 years. It never happened, ”said Dellapolla.
The police happened to be on the road as soon as the suspect crashed the truck. They said he tried to run, but the police caught him. Fees are still pending.
Dellapolla said the father and son have been discharged from the hospital, although it will take a few weeks for them to fully recover.
He also said at least 30 restaurants did not receive bread due to the incident, but more importantly, he hopes the father and son recover quickly as this is their livelihood.