83-Year-Old White Man 'Intentionally' Mowed Down Black Passengers At Minneapolis Bus Stop, Witnesses Say
The man responsible was released and has yet to be charged.
Authorities in Minneapolis arrested and then released a motorist who crashed his van into a crowd of Black bus riders waiting for their route.
The man, who is reportedly 83 years old, drove his dark tan Ford transport van into a bus shelter where the riders waited. According to local news outlet KSTP, the motorist clipped the mirror of a bus prior to the crash. Metro Transit officials and eyewitnesses said the man drove around in circles to intentionally ram into riders.
Eyewitness Derwin Tombert recalled the driver speeding up moments before the tragic incident.
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"He came through the parking lot, hit the corner and accelerated, and that's when we ran over to the bus stop," Tombert told KSTP.
The van jumped the curb and landed on at least one man. Six men were injured in the crash in total. Three of them are reportedly in critical condition and are being treated at the North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, reports The Star Tribune.
Videos captured by a pedestrian at the scene show the aftermath----mangled bus shelter and the glass scattered about the place.
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There are some who speculate the incident was racially motivated. Witness Shauntae Cosby told The Star Tribune the 83-year-old, who was white, had no remorse and "didn’t look worried" when police arrested him.
"Nobody could believe what happened. It was just quiet,” said witness Shauntae Cosby,
However, at the moment, police have yet to call the crash a racial attack. The driver has since been released by police while an investigation is currently ongoing.
Metro Transit Spokesperson Howie Padilla said the men injured were longtime riders and their lives are important to the community.
"Those individuals are on our minds, obviously if they're near or in our shelter, they're our riders, they are our community," Padilla told The Star Tribune.
In an effort to discover the motive behind the driver's actions, the Metro Transit will scan the area for surveillance and other kinds of video.
"Obviously there are areas where there's going to be video that we'll be looking to download and help tell the story," Padilla said.
Police have not ruled out alcohol or drug usage as factors in the crash.