LOS ANGELES –
A casual passerby in downtown Los Angeles is lucky to be alive after being pushed in front of a truck by a random person on the street Wednesday.
In the surveillance video, acquired by Los Angeles ABC station KABC, a man is seen sitting on a bench near the sidewalk. Jump to a woman and make her jump, before sitting down again.
But while the next passerby, a man in a jacket, passes by, the man jumps off the bench and pushes him into the street just as a van is getting up . The truck slams against the brakes to avoid overtaking the man lying in the street, but is still caught under the front wheel.
The suspect quietly collects something from the road and goes away.
The video shows the truck driver to get out of the cab and try to help the injured man while some curious hurry to help.
The man remains in the hospital in critical condition with collapsed lung and multiple broken bones, according to KABC. His wounds are not considered life-threatening.
The suspect was arrested a few hours after the accident. The Los Angeles Police Department thanked KABC and the Los Angeles Fire Department after a firefighter saw the video and arrested the suspect on Wednesday evening.
"It was definitely the shiny neon rain jacket and baggy pants, and only the demeanor that the boy had" Firefighter Austen Johnson told KABC
"We followed for a couple of blocks and made notification to the Los Angeles police, "said fire station chief 9 Raymond Robles. "I am happy [he was arrested] I hope the gentleman who has pushed has a speedy recovery and for the individual who pushed him, hopefully he can do a soul looking for what he did is wrong, and keep it far from the road anyone else. "
The suspect should be accused of attempted murder, according to KABC.