A road rage driver who allegedly mowed down a 23-year-old woman and ran over her three times is obsessed with Grand Theft Auto, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Vincent Jean, 56, from Irvington, New Jersey, shared a number of videos from the game on his social media accounts.
The clips showed numerous scenes of high speed chases, furious street clashes and characters using guns to access vehicles.
It comes as horrified witnesses told how the driver lost his temper and flipped after a minor fender bender – with a hero school bus driver trying to stop his escape.
Meanwhile the victim’s family said they were devastated at the ‘atrocious’ attack and revealed it was ‘not the result of any domestic dispute’.
Jean was allegedly caught on camera ramming the woman with his Mitsubishi SUV several times during his rampage in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Tuesday.
He was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder and third-degree assault by auto while the woman miraculously survived.
Vincent Jean (pictured), 56, from Irvington, New Jersey, shared a number of videos from the game on his social media accounts
The suspect’s Facebook page shows numerous links to videos from Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto
In one post he shared images of the main characters from the game showing how they evolved
The suspect’s Facebook page shows numerous links to videos from Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto.
In one post he shared images of the main characters from the game showing how they evolved.
The late night posts over a number of years came before the vicious attack on the woman earlier this week.
Shocking footage showed the SUV turn off the road before accelerating over the sidewalk as the victim runs away in terror.
But the vehicle easily caught up with her and she disappeared from view as only her screams could be heard.
The car mowed her down and continued to drive with her underneath on a stranger’s front garden.
The late night posts over a number of years came before the vicious attack on the woman earlier this week
He appeared to be a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto video game, with numerous posts on his Facebook about it
The man then reversed and the woman briefly reappeared on the grass and was barely moving.
But he then revved his engine and launched another vicious attack on her despite his victim lying still.
Onlookers, including the cameraman, screamed ‘stop, stop’ but the driver continued to drive over her.
He honked his horn as he made it over her for a second time before finally coming to a halt.
The woman was left lying on the ground while witnesses yelled: ‘Yo, what the f***. What the f***.’
She was rushed to hospital and was reported to be alive and in a critical condition after at least one surgery.
The suspect fled the scene but Jean was later arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder and third-degree assault by auto, prosecutors said.
The attack reportedly started when the pair locked horns over a minor traffic incident further up the road.
The driver was said to have tried to flee but the woman pulled out a camera and started taking pictures of his vehicle and following him up the street.
One witness, referred to only as Isaac, said he and his wife ran over to help the woman after the attack.
He told NBC: ‘He ran over her. Ran over her again, three times. How could you do a thing like this? It was a fender bender, that’s all.’
He added: ‘As my wife put a blanket on her to keep her warm – it was raining and the grass was wet – she told my wife, ”thank you”.’
The shocking footage showed the SUV turn off a road before accelerating over the sidewalk as the victim runs away in terror
The car mowed her down and continued to drive with her underneath on a stranger’s front garden
The victim’s family said: ‘The family would like to express its gratitude for the expedient response to this incident by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Elizabeth Police Department, EMS workers as well as Elizabeth Mayor, Chris Bollwage.
‘We also want to thank the citizens of Elizabeth for their aid and support, especially the school bus driver who intervened and the neighbor who provided the security camera footage of this horrific crime.
‘Your actions and cooperation with law enforcement led to the quick apprehension of the perpetrator.
‘These collective efforts along with the hard-working and diligent actions of the doctors and healthcare professionals at University Hospital, saved our daughter’s life.
‘What this man did to our daughter was atrocious and no parent, child or any human being should ever have to endure this.
‘We want to be clear that this was not the result of any domestic dispute.
Onlookers, including the cameraman, screamed ‘stop, stop’ but the driver continued to drive over her
‘This man was a complete stranger who committed a heinous act of road rage and attempted to kill our daughter simply because she was trying to get necessary information to lawfully report an accident while he was fleeing the scene.
‘Although we are heartbroken and deeply saddened by what happened, we are thankful that our daughter is alive.
‘We are now focused on her care and recovery and will rely on the law enforcement professionals and the court system to dispense justice.
‘We appreciate the outpouring of love and support but we ask that you respect our family’s privacy during this time.’
County Prosecutor William Daniel said: ‘At that point, the suspect drove his car directly at the victim and she began to run onto the lawn to avoid being struck.
‘The suspect drove onto the lawn and struck the victim, then drove over her before backing up and deliberately running her over a second time.’
Jean is being held at Union County Jail pending a pretrial detention heading, documents show.
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