Driver hits man whacking his car with a baseball bat in a fight over a parking space and drives into a Queens bakery with him still clinging to the hood
- Four people were injured in a road rage incident that ended with a car smashing through the front of a Queens, New York bakery
- Two drivers became involved in a dispute over a parking space
- Occupants of one car got out with a baseball bat to approach the other vehicle
- The driver then attempted to run the man holding the bat over
- The car plowed into the bakery shattering the entire front of the store
- Jie Zou, 24, was charged with reckless endangerment and assault
- His passenger Jonathan Zhang, 35, was charged with assault
A row over a parking spot ended up with a New York City driver running over a man before plowing his car directly into a bakery.
The astonishing episode was all caught on camera from a bystander in Queens who witnessed the row quickly spiral out of control.
It began after Jonathan Zhang,35, a passenger in 24-year-old Jie Zou’s car got out of his white Audi after another car made a beeline for the same parking space.
Two drivers became involved in a dispute over a parking space in Queens, New York
The passenger of one of the cars went of to remonstrate with another driver
Zhang went over to the other driver, identified as Zong Li to remonstrate and sucker-punched him in the face before getting back inside his car.
Back in the vehicle, Zou then quickly made a u-turn in the middle of the street as Li came over to his car with a baseball bat and began smashing Zou’s car from the front.
The situation suddenly took a terrifying turn as Zou exploded with anger as Li stood directly in front of the vehicle with the bat.
Zou suddenly accelerated across four lanes of traffic and headed for the sidewalk sending Li flying onto the hood of the car as the vehicle plowed at speed directly into a newly renovated bakery.
The occupants of one car got out with a baseball bat to approach the other vehicle
The passenger, together with a baseball bat began slamming the vehicle
The entire incident happened so quickly there there was barely time for the person filming the encounter to follow the car as it smashed the store to smithereens.
After the crash, all that could be heard was the sounds of shattered glass which rattled onto the sidewalk.
One terrified customer can be seen rushing to make a quick escape while another could be seen lying dazed on the sidewalk.
‘It was just for a parking space,’ said bakery owner John Lo to the Daily News as he stood amid the carnage. ‘It’s like a movie, right?’
Suddenly the driver of the Audi appeared to lose patience and ran over the bat-wielding man
The car plowed into the bakery shattering the entire front of the store
Incredibly nobody was killed but three women who were standing close by were hit by flying glass and were left dazed by the incident
‘It’s very sad. We put a lot of money in for the renovation and then he almost destroyed it all. It’s lucky it’s the first day, not too many know we are open. And at the time, nobody in here. Nobody hurt, nobody died,’ Lo said, who hopes to open in a month’s time.
Both Zou and Zhang were arrested at the scene, with Zou charged with reckless endangerment and assault while his passenger was hit with an assault charge after he had used the baseball bat first before it was snatched by Li.
Li suffered injuries to his leg and arm, police said.
Incredibly nobody was killed but three women who were standing close by were hit by flying glass.
Medics took the women and the two injured men to New York-Presbyterian Queens. They all had minor injuries and are expected to recover.
Lo said one of his workers was among the injured but was released from the hospital later on Monday.