After a California resident was accused of deliberately plowing into a group of boys on a sidewalk, citizens held him there until police arrived. However, the driver now claims that he’s not guilty.
While walking to the park one evening, the lives of a group of middle school friends were interrupted by 18-year-old Omeed Adibi, who didn’t even know them. Neighbors were startled by the sound of a crash outside of a Burlingame suburb, horrified by what they’d step outside to see.
According to KTVU, Adibi is accused of intentionally ramming his Mercedes SUV into a group of four boys, plowing through them before hitting a fire hydrant. As he attempted to flee the scene, he was halted by the hydrant, which he realized he was dragging under his car. He then stepped out of the car tried to free the obstruction a few blocks down the road.
Witnesses managed to pursue Adibi and hold him until police arrived, The Daily Journal reports. However, despite allegations that he intentionally mowed down innocent children, the driver is now claiming that he’s not to blame.
Adibi has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including attempted murder. Investigators stated that Adibi had mowed down the boys, all of whom are between the ages of 12 and 13. Adibi believed they had played a prank on him by placing dog feces in his car.
Police confirmed that the boys had not put the dog waste in Adibi’s vehicle and described the incident as a case of mistaken identity. They determined that the driver made the discovery in his SUV and noticed the boys walking down the sidewalk a distance from him before determining that they had been responsible for tampering with his property.
“It was actually later determined to be dog feces,” said Burlingame Police Lieutenant Laura Terada. “He thought his vehicle had been tampered with and he was out looking for the people who had tampered with his vehicle.”
Police say that Adibi immediately got into his vehicle and pursued the children, jumping the curb and plowing through the boys as they walked along the sidewalk. He reportedly has shown no remorse since the incident even though the boys were cleared of any wrongdoing.
“Went over the curb on the north sidewalk and struck the four pedestrians,” the police lieutenant said. “Completely innocent victims just walking on the sidewalk trying to go to the park.”
The victims, who are all students at Borel Middle School in San Mateo, suffered horrific injuries. One 12-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and was left in critical condition. Another 13-year-old sustained spinal and lung injuries. The other victims received foot injuries.
Disturbingly, Abidi doesn’t seem to care that he severely injured and nearly killed several innocent children. In fact, the police confirmed that he hasn’t expressed any remorse and was indignant over his car.
“He was a little bit nonchalant about the entire incident,” said Burlingame Police Lieutenant Laura Terada.
Adibi was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and driving under the influence of a drug. There’s no telling why Adibi believes that he shouldn’t be held responsible for nearly killing a group of innocent children.
Thankfully, his young victims managed to survive his terrifying and completely senseless attack. Hopefully, there never is a next time.