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Man allegedly yelled ‘Go back to China’ before hitting Asian man with car

A Massachusetts driver is facing multiple charges after allegedly striking an Asian man with his vehicle in Quincy, Massachusetts. The victim’s family says that the incident was a racially motivated attack.

According to the New York Post, the victim stood in front of the post office on Friday morning with his sister and her children when John Sullivan, 77, came “barreling down the street” on his vehicle.

Desiree Thien, the victim’s sister, said that Sullivan went off on a racial tirade after her brother commented on Sullivan’s reckless driving.

“He said: ‘Go back to China. I’m going to go into the post office and come back out in five minutes. If you’re still here, I’m going to kill all of you,'” Thien told The New York Post.

“I felt very angry because I’ve never had direct racism towards me.”

Thien said they remained in front of Sullivan’s car and collected his information before the suspect exited the post office and got in his vehicle.

“He rammed into my brother. My brother rolled onto the hood and he clung onto the hood. He went for about a good 200 yards, then he brakes so my brother fell off,” Thien told WCVB.

“When (my brother) was trying to balance, he hit my brother again, continuing his racial slurs,” Thien added.

Boston25News reports that authorities responded on Friday morning to the area of 40 Washington St. for a “disorder involving a motor vehicle.”

When they arrived, police said they found an Asian man covered in dirt and limping. Authorities said the victim was knocked into a construction zone, falling into an open ditch approximately 10 to 15 feet deep.

Sullivan fled the scene, but a witness followed him and provided his location to authorities. Braintree police officers arrested Sullivan and brought him to the Quincy Police Department for booking.

“Being hateful and racist is one thing, but you drop down to pure evil when you target children. For my kids, they do not deserve to be witnessing or even be a part of this discrimination toward them,” Thien told Boston25News.

Thien’s brother suffered numerous injuries, which included concussions, fractures, and torn ligaments. 

WCVB reports that the suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him during his arraignment. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office spokesperson said that Sullivan is being held without bail. He is due in court on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

“I want him for the rest of his life to stay in prison where he belongs because he is a danger to society. He is 77 so Satan is waiting for him with open arms,” Thien said.

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