U-Haul Driver Deathly Rampage in Brooklyn
The man driving a U-Haul truck in a deadly rampage through Brooklyn Monday morning was in a mental health crisis, police said. He told police he “wanted to die,” according to CBS New York.
He plowed into multiple people on streets, sidewalks and bicycle lanes in two neighborhoods, killing one person and injuring eight others, police said. All of the victims were taken to NYC Langone Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Weng Sor was in a mental health crisis
Weng Sor, the U-Haul driver who plowed through Brooklyn Monday morning leaving a trail of people in his wake, was “suffering a mental health crisis,” police said Tuesday. He told cops that he saw an “invisible object” that set him off, Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a news briefing.
The Las Vegas, Nevada, man rented the truck out of West Palm Beach on Feb. 1, paying in advance for a 30-day rental. He remained in Florida until February 4, when he began driving north to Brooklyn, where his son and ex-wife live, Essig said.
He was a known troublemaker with a history of violence and mental illness, Essig said, adding that he had been on medication. His family said he had stopped taking it, and he was in jail Tuesday, facing murder charges. Court records did not list a lawyer who could comment on the case.
He rented the U-Haul
A 62-year-old man who rented the U-Haul that plowed through several people on streets, bike lanes and sidewalks of Brooklyn was in a mental health crisis when he unleashed a deadly rampage Monday, police said. He told police he “wanted to die,” according to a report.
The rampage, which lasted more than an hour, started in Sunset Park and moved north into Bay Ridge. It ended at Red Hook, where he was apprehended.
He rented the U-Haul truck in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 1 paying in advance for a 30-day rental. He also rented another in South Carolina on February 5 for reckless driving and marijuana possession, Essig said.
The driver then drove through Millburn, New Jersey, a day later and showed up at his son’s home in Brooklyn on Monday morning. He then went on a rampage, killing one person and injuring eight others.
He told police he “wanted to die”
A man who killed one person and injured eight other people in a deadly rampage in Brooklyn told police he “wanted to die” after he drove his U-Haul truck into a crowd of people, authorities say. He was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday, but his family said he had a mental health crisis.
Weng Sor, 62, until recently a resident of Las Vegas and with multiple prior arrests there, was in a mental health crisis when he ran through the streets of Brooklyn on Monday, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.
He hit a cyclist, a pedestrian and a police officer before he was eventually stopped. Surveillance footage shows he swerving onto the sidewalk as police pursued him, causing at least one man to jump out of his way.
He was charged with murder
A 62-year-old man who drove a U-Haul truck through several Brooklyn neighborhoods and killed one person on Monday was in a mental health crisis, police said Tuesday. He was off his medication and said he was mowing down people because he saw “an invisible object coming toward him,” according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.
The rented truck was spotted on surveillance footage speeding up 4th Avenue near 55th Street before hitting and throwing over a bicyclist. Another cyclist in front appeared to see what was happening and jumped out of the way.
Yijie Ye, 44, was killed after being hit by the truck. He came to the US from Fuzhou, China, 18 years ago hoping for a better life. He was pronounced dead at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.