San Francisco Chronicle

1 dead, 7 injured in U-Haul ‘rampage’ in NYC; suspect held

- By Deepti Hajela and Michael R. Sisak

NEW YORK — A man driving a U-Haul truck swerved onto sidewalks and plowed into scooter riders in New York City on Monday, killing one person and injuring seven others before police were able to pin the careening vehicle against a building following a mileslong pursuit through Brooklyn.

A 44-year-old man was pronounced dead hours after he was struck and critically injured, according to a law enforcemen­t official. The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The driver was arrested and taken to a police station. His son identified him as Weng Sor, 62, a troubled man with a history of harmful behavior and stints behind bars.

The mayhem unfolded over a harrowing hour as the truck tore through Brooklyn’s bustling Bay Ridge neighborho­od, hitting people at several points along the way before veering on and off a highway as police gave chase.

Police Commission­er Keechant Sewell described it as a “violent rampage,” but said there was no evidence of “terrorism involvemen­t.”

The truck, rented by Sor in Florida on Feb. 1, traveled a winding route before police stopped it near the entrance to a tunnel leading from Brooklyn to Manhattan, more than 3 miles from where the chase began.

Weng Sor’s son, Stephen Sor, 30, said that his father had a history of mental illness and, until recently, was living in Las Vegas, where records show he’s been convicted and served time for multiple acts of violence, including stabbing his own brother.

“Very frequently he’ll choose to skip out on his medication­s and do something like this,” Stephen Sor said in an interview outside his Brooklyn home. “This isn’t the first time he’s been arrested. It’s not the first time he’s gone to jail.”

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