Box Truck Rampage

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 3:16pm

Delivery driver rams truck into more than a dozen vehicles.

A school bus filled with students was Christopher Simonelli's final target as he took a box truck on a reckless ride down busy East Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Simonelli intentionally struck 15 cars just after 2 p.m., including a now-mangled Lexus, a dump truck and a Honda Pilot.

Simonelli, 30, of Stamford, is in critical condition and one woman he is accused of hitting is at Stamford Hospital, where she is listed in fair condition.

"At this point, this is not an accident. It's not a collision. It's an intentional criminal case and our investigation is focusing as such," Stamford Police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said.

"The way that vehicle was moving, it had bad intentions all the way around," said Max Barbalinardo, a worker at the Rent A Center on East Main Street, who witnessed the crash.

Svitlana Shevchuk was trying to make a turn when her minivan was hit from behind.

"He didn't try to even stop the car. The car drive like it crazy. It was unbelievable. It was very, very scary," Shevchuk said.

After hitting Shevchuk, Simonelli continued west down East Main Street and hit a Toyota Corolla head-on, police said.

The Toyota driver was in critical condition at Stamford Hospital, but her condition has since been upgraded to fair.

After hitting another car, Simonelli accelerated, jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and hit several parking meters and a garbage can according to witnesses.

"We thought he was going to drive into one of the stores, but then the bus was right there, he did a 90-degree turn and drove right into side of school bus with children inside," said Bill Edwards, another person at the Rent A Center who witnesses the crash.

23 Stamford High School students were on the bus.

The superintendent of schools said one student went to the hospital by ambulance and 13 others were taken by bus to be checked out.

"They were afraid, a little shaken up, but luckily they were OK," Max Barbalinardo said.
As many as 20 people were treated for minor injuries.

Simonelli was encased in the metal cab and firefighters had to cut him out.

He was a driver for Action Letter, Inc., a Stamford printing company, police said, but aren't saying what motivated his road rage.

"He was hell bent on doing as much damage as possible. He just kept going faster and faster," Barbalinardo said.
 

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