Police say NY motorist called Sikh man a terrorist, mowed him down with truck, dragged him

The Associated Press
August 19, 2014 07:33 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A 55-year-old New York man accused of mowing down a Sikh man with his pickup truck after calling him a terrorist has been arrested on hate charges.

Joseph Caleca, of Setauket on Long Island, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene without reporting. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

A message left with Caleca's attorney seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Authorities say Caleca and 29-year-old Sandeep Singh exchanged words in Richmond Hill, Queens, on July 30 because Singh's car door was blocking the street. They say Caleca got back into his truck and drove head-on into Singh, dragging him several feet before fleeing.

Singh was treated for abdominal and back injuries.


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