A dentist was arrested after attacking an elderly man in a road rage incident, the Massachusetts State Police said.
Nicholas Franco, 66, was apprehended on Jan. 4, for assault and battery upon an elderly person over 60 or disabled person with injury, the police said in a statement.
The charges stem from a road rage incident that took place in Boston near the intersection of Jeffries Road at Transportation Way.
Witnesses and video surveillance indicate that Franco cut off and stopped his 2016 Mercedes in front of a white taxi cab that was stopped at the traffic light at Harborside Drive. The video surveillance hasn’t been released.
“He exited his vehicle and walked over to the cab. The operator of the cab, an 86 year-old male exited his vehicle and the two engaged in a verbal altercation which led to Franco pulling the victim’s glasses off his face, pushing him to the ground and striking him in the torso. Franco then got back into his vehicle and left the scene,” the Massachusetts State Police said.
The elderly cab driver was taken to Mass General Hospital for a medical evaluation and Franco was arrested. He was scheduled to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Friday afternoon, the state police said.
Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office, confirmed that Franco was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery on an elderly person on Jan. 4.
Wark told the Boston Globe that Franco was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on Feb. 26.
“I was was shocked, I couldn’t get up, I tried and couldn’t do it.”
— Elysia Rodriguez (@ElysiaBoston25) January 5, 2019
According to Boston 25, Franco works for the East Boston Dental Associates.
The victim told the broadcaster that Franco “came out and pushed me and hit me and I went down.”
“I was shocked, I couldn’t get up. I tried to get up and couldn’t do it, and that’s all,” Charles Touroyan added.
The elderly cab driver said that he had no broken bones.
“They took me to the hospital to check me out and I’m okay,” Touroyan said. “Nothing broken, but my son tells me in the morning I’m going to be sore.”
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Pictures Show Five Children Killed in Florida
Five children who died in a fiery Florida crash were traveling in a church van heading to Disney World, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Local news outlets published photos of the children.
The Florida Highway Patrol named the five children as 14-year-old Joel Cloud, 14-year-old Jeremiah Warren, 9-year-old Cierra Bordelan, 13-year-old Cara Descant, and 10-year-old Brieanna Descant.
According to News4Jax, they were traveling from Marksville, Louisiana, which is about 700 miles from Disney World. They were an hour away from the theme park when the crash occurred along Interstate 75 in Gainesville.
The accident also left two truckers dead.
Steve Holland of West Palm Beach, one of the truckers, was cited between 2000 and 2014 in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida for traffic violations, driving an unsafe vehicle, driving without proof of insurance, and driving an overloaded vehicle, reported WPBF.
The station reported that he was driving north on Interstate 75 on Jan. 3 when he veered into another vehicle, lost control, and passed over the center divider, hitting the church van with children inside as well as another truck.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.