CBS New York is reporting that a dedicated and popular bus driver is in a coma after he was nearly beaten to death in the Bronx following a minor car accident.
Having accidentally side-swiped another car, reports indicate, the owner of the car flew into a violent rage, punching the driver and throwing him to the ground, where he slammed his head. Doctors say the driver, Juan Delvalle, has suffered permanent brain damage, and his family will have to decide whether to take him off life support later this week.
If that isn't shocking enough, DelValle was reportedly mere days away from retirement, only needing to finish up the current school year.
“I feel horrible. I mean what can you feel?" his daughter Marilla said. "Your father is lying in the hospital dying and you can’t help him to survive.”
The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Joey Scott, a career criminal who could face an upgraded charge of murder, police said.
“This is somebody that took my father’s life. He’s not gone yet, but attempting to take my father’s life,” Mariella DelValle said.
CBS has video of the beating from a nearby surveillance camera but warning, it's difficult to watch:
The family hopes for a long prison sentence for the suspect, but Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson still has to decide whether to upgrade the charge.
Of the video, Delvalle's daughter commented: “I recorded it, and I watch it all the time. I do because I can’t believe this is happening to my father.”