OAN Geraldyn Berry
1:36 PM PT – Monday, February 13, 2023
A U-Haul truck driver has been apprehended by New York Police following reports that the truck struck many pedestrians in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday.
According to authorities, at eight people in multiple locations were struck with two hospitalized in critical condition.
New York City Council Member Justin Brannan made a statement about the driver’s arrest.
“A man driving a U-Haul went on a rampage in Bay Ridge… Several people were hit and badly injured. We have no idea of motives at this time but this wasn’t an accident,” Brannan said.
The councilman also alleged that the driver screamed that he wanted to die as he sped off and led police on a brief chase.
The 62-year-old suspect, according to police, may have lately been the target of a report about an emotionally unstable person.
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell spoke about the incident in a press conference.
“At this time, we have no indication that there is any terrorism involvement in this incident,” Sewell said. “However, as always, we will continue to investigate this incident with the full resources of the NYPD and our partners.”
The event took place as the death sentence phase of Sayfullo Saipov’s trial began. Saipov is an Islamic extremist who ran eight people down with a vehicle in 2017 and killed them.
This is a developing story.