The grieving family of a Brooklyn man dragged to his death in a fit of road rage blasted the driver who ran him down.
“Imagine how cruel the person (has) to be to drag a person,” said the sister of victim Gavriel Mardakhay, who declined to give her name. “There is so much going on I can’t even get my mind around it.”
Mardakhay, 65, was shopping at Costco on Third Ave. near 37th St. in Sunset Park with his wife Thursday night when he saw an electrical company van hit his car in the parking lot and took off.
Mardakhay jumped into his car and chased the man. He caught up with van driver David Cruz, 55, on Third Ave. at 65th St. in Bay Ridge, and boxed him in with the help of good Samaritan with a gray minivan.
When Mardakhay got out and confronted him, Cruz drove into him and dragged him for two blocks, police said.
Blood is seen on the street underneath the van where the victim was pinned down.
(Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News)
The good Samaritan grabbed Cruz, held him down, witnesses said.
Firefighters from the nearby Engine 241 and Ladder 109 lifted the van to free Mardakhay. Medics took him to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where he died.
“It’s a very sad day,” Mardakhay’s sister said Friday while going through his belongings. “He’s not going to come back.”
Cruz, who lives in Brooklyn, is charged with murder, said Friday.