Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a young biker on his way to get his COVID-19 jab is run over by a bus in an apparently intentional act by the driver.
Ubirajara Marcelino Neto, 25, can be seen riding his motorbike in the middle of the two-lane road when the bus travelling next to him turns directly into him.
The bus driver can be seen running both the biker and his vehicle over and dragging them several feet along the road.
The incident took place in the Brazilian city of Mogi das Cruzes on 2nd July. The young man left work early to head to a health centre to get his COVID-19 jab at the time.
According to reports, one of his arms was completely crushed by the bus and he suffered a broken elbow. The bus driver, 45-year-old Franco de Souza Pontes, was subsequently arrested for attempted murder.
The suspect said that a car had cut the biker off, forcing him into the bus’ path. However, CCTV footage showed this was not the case and that the collision appeared deliberate.
The victim, who works as a sales rep, was taken to hospital, where he underwent an operation. His condition is said to be stable and, at the time of reporting, he remains in hospital.
According to his mother, he does not remember the accident taking place and his only memory of the day was leaving for work in the morning.
The bus company, Alto Tiete Transportes, says it has laid off the driver, who remains in preventive custody. It also expressed regret at the incident.
Pontes awaits trial.