A Queens parking spot dispute exploded into a wild road rage rampage, with one driver sucker-punching the other before crashing his car through the glass storefront of a newly-opened bakery, police said Tuesday.
An enraged Jie Zou jumped from behind the wheel of his white Audi as another vehicle angled for the coveted space, slugging the contesting driver in the face before ruining the grand opening of the Rainbow Bakery by plowing his vehicle six feet inside the fledgling business, cops said.
A terrifying cellphone video captured Zou making a U-turn and slamming his car into the other driver, who went bouncing off the Audi’s hood as the car accelerated across four lanes of traffic and through the glass — with one terrified customer exiting through the rubble while another lies dazed on the sidewalk.
Zou’s bat-wielding passenger, Jonathan Zhang, whacked a 34-year-old man defending the other driver in the arm as five people were injured Monday in the 3:55 p.m. ruckus. The second driver, identified as Zong Li, 35, of Belford, N.J., at one point managed to wrest the bat away and smashed it against the Audi’s hood before he was nearly run down, the video shows.
Devastated bakery owner John Lo, who now hopes to reopen in a month, returned Tuesday to survey a business reduced to shattered glass and twisted metal. The store remained shuttered, with a metal grate pulled down over its front.
“Very sad,” said the 45-year-old businessman. “We put a lot (of money) in for the renovation and then … (he) almost destroyed it all.”
Once the punching ended, cops say, Zou climbed back into his car and hit the gas, hitting Li before jumping the curb and crashing into the bakery. Both the 24-year-old driver and passenger Zhang, 35, were arrested at the scene, with Zou charged with reckless endangerment and assault while his passenger was hit with an assault charge.
Their arraignments were pending Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court. Li, the driver of the other car, suffered injuries to his leg and arm, police said.
Surveillance video shows a man falling to the ground as the white Audi zips by at high speed into the storefront, sending sidewalk pedestrians running for cover. Three women standing near the crash site were hit by flying glass and debris, officials said.
Medics took the women and the two injured men to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Queens. They all had minor injuries and were expected to recover.
Lo said one of his workers was injured, but was released from the hospital Monday and doing well.
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