ELIZABETH — An arrest had been made in a horrific road rage attack on a woman who was run over three times by an SUV in a front yard Tuesday morning. 4-13 The incident occurred at the corner of Salem Avenue and Aberdeen Street around 8:30 a.m., according to Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel.
Shocking video posted by Matzav.com (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) captured the incident. The video shows the SUV with its horn blaring following the 23-year-old woman as she walked along a sidewalk.
She runs into a yard screaming as the gray Mitsubishi SUV comes at her and runs her over. The SUV backs up and hits her a second time as she lay on the ground still screaming.
The SUV drives away from the woman and appears to be positioning itself for a third hit as the video ends. TAP Into Elizabeth reported the woman was hit a third time.
The woman was hospitalized in stable condition on Wednesday morning at University Hospital in Newark. Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told New Jersey 101.5 she has had at least one surgery.
Daniel said the driver, Vincent Jean, 56, was taken into custody shortly after the incident while sitting in the SUV on Jefferson Avenue and was charged with first-degree attempted murder.
Triggered by a minor crash
Daniel said witnesses told investigations that Jean and the woman had been involved in a minor car crash. When Jean tried to leave, the woman was standing on the sidewalk and began taking pictures of the SUV in order to identify it for police.
Jean drove the SUV right at the woman and chased her onto the lawn, as seen in the video.
Jean was also charged with second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, third-degree assault by auto, third-degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with serious bodily injury, third-degree endangering an injured victim and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He is being held at the Union County Jail.
Not the first time
Bollwage said that Jean has used a car in a similar fashion against another person before.
“Under bail reform, we’re very concerned that he may be released. However, his prior records indicate he has done this in the past although no one was as severely injured. But he has attempted to use his vehicle in attacks in the past," Bollwage said.
Daniel asked anyone with information about this incident to contact Elizabeth police at 908-358-9675
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