School Bus Road Rage

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 9:58am

Driver beaten into a coma after clipping double-parked car on narrow street.

The family of a New York City school bus driver who was beaten into a coma by another driver last week is agonizing over a decision of whether to remove the beloved brother, father and grandfather from life support.

Juan DelValle, 65, was punched to the pavement following a minor traffic accident in the Bronx last week, according to authorities.

DelValle was attempting to navigate a school bus through a narrow and crowded avenue and clipped a mirror on a double-parked car.

When DelValle exited the bus to survey the damage, the driver of the car allegedly began yelling at him.

Surveillance video captured the car driver then punching DelValle so forcefully he was sent flying backward before his head slammed on the road.

DelValle never regained consciousness.

He is being fed intravenously and cannot breathe on his own.

"We are praying for a miracle," said DelValle's sister Carmen Diaz, who flew from her home in Florida to be by her only brother's side.

But the reality is grim.

“They tell us he doesn't have a chance,” said daughter Mariella DelValle of the doctors treating her father at St. Barnabas Hospital.

The suspected attacker is identified as 30-year-old Joey Scott, who may face upgraded charges of murder in connection with the brutal beating.

"If my father loses his life, I want that man in jail for good," said Mariella DelValle.

Juan DelValle had been driving a school bus for 10 years and was preparing to retire at the end of this school year, according to his sister.

He'd already submitted his papers.

 

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