HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – A man died after trying to hit people on a sidewalk with his truck, crashed into a building, then was pulled out and beaten by the group in Southern California, have announced the authorities.
The man was asked to leave a business in Hawthorne early on Saturday and then got into an argument with someone as he made his way to his truck, Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The man then intentionally drove the truck onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting a group of customers before his truck got stuck against a tree, the Daily Breeze reported.
As customers attempted to get the man out of the driver’s seat, he accelerated again and hit the corner of a nearby building, Reynaga said.
Customers pulled the driver out of the truck and continued to fight with him as Hawthorne police arrived, Sheriff Assistant Grace Medrano said.
The driver suffered blunt trauma, Medrano said. He died at the scene.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, but the footage was grainy and the scuffle took place behind the truck partially out of sight, Reynaga said.
“You could see there was a fight, but you couldn’t tell who was doing what,” he told the newspaper.