Just recently, Heward Velez, a 50-year-old married father of five from Moonachie, New Jersey, was struck and killed by a car while fleeing from the scene of an accident that he was involved in while driving down FDR Drive in New York.
As of now, no reason has been released about what compelled Velez, who’s also known as “Eddie,” to run from the accident and into oncoming traffic. Many people think, however, they have a good idea why someone would do this, thinking that it isn’t unheard of to have an illegal alien, or intoxicated person flee the scene of a crime.
According to reports, the incident, which occurred shortly before five o’clock in the morning, reportedly began when Velez, who was apparently driving a Honda Civic, allegedly sideswiped a Jeep while heading down the highway in Manhattan, New York.
Following the collision, both of the vehicles purportedly pulled over to the shoulder and the two drivers got out of their vehicles to speak to each other.
Shockingly, though, at one point during their conversation, Velez suddenly ran across the road, leaped over the center median, and headed out into oncoming traffic on the other side of the highway, where he was then struck by an oncoming Cadillac.
A short time later, local paramedics showed up and rushed the 50-year-old father, who was unconscious, to a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead not long after arriving.
The driver of the Jeep and the driver who struck the Velez both remained at the scene but were later allowed to leave without any charges.
Although the local law enforcement officials are still investigating the incident, many would agree it is unlikely that either of the drivers will be held responsible for Velez’s death, which seemed to be caused by his own bizarre, erratic, and possibly drug or alcohol-induced behavior.
Unsurprisingly, the incident left his family absolutely stunned and devastated.
Although the incident may seem fairly unusual, paramedics and law enforcement officials actually have to deal have to deal with even more bizarre situations than this on a relatively frequent basis.
For example, several weeks ago, police officers and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in California were reportedly contacted for help after a motorist was seen pummeled to death by another man, who was subsequently struck and killed by oncoming traffic, during what many would consider an unbelievable road rage incident.
Apparently, the two drivers, who have since been identified as 37-year-old Jose Rodriguez-Carrasco and 39-year-old Jason Dykes, got into a fight with each other after their two cars collided while driving along the freeway.
During the altercation, Rodriguez-Carrasco, quite disturbingly, grabbed ahold of a baseball bat and allegedly beat Dykes to death.
After doing so, he then proceeded to walk away from the body. Before he could make it very far, however, an oncoming motorist reportedly struck and killed him.
In the wake of the shocking incident, Mike Zerfas, who is a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP), explained to reporters that fights between angry motorists occur quite often. He added, though, that they usually do not take place in the middle of the road.
A few days before that, local authorities and medical professionals were called to an Ohio Burger King to aid a woman who was supposedly overdosing on heroin inside of a bathroom stall moments after giving birth to a baby, who was found floating inside of the toilet bowl that she had been sitting on.
Upon arriving, they rushed the woman and her child, who thankfully did not lose its life to a nearby hospital. After recovering from the overdose on drugs, the woman has since been taken into custody by local authorities. In addition to the woman, the officers also arrested her boyfriend, who had been found intoxicated in the fast food restaurant’s parking lot.
Prior to that, Tennessee authorities placed 21-year-old Kelton Griffin under arrest for allegedly stealing the car of a woman he was on a date with and then using that car to go on a date with his godsister.
And before that, Oregon law enforcement officials arrested 48-year-old Antonio Oswaldo Burgos for allegedly trying to bribe a federal official three times into having his wife removed from the country. According to reports, he supposedly wanted her gone because she had recently filed for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences.”