Enraged Driver Speeds Down Sidewalk & Kills Father of 5 In Front of His Kids

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car accidentAn innocent bystander was killed when an enraged group of men in a minivan sped down a sidewalk after being denied from purchasing alcohol at a liquor store in the Bronx. Derrick Callender, 32, is a father of five and was standing near his stoop on E233rd Street with his family, including his 2-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. He was holding a DVD he was going to watch with his kids and accidentally dropped it. That's when the unthinkable happened.

When he went to pick it up, a minivan came barreling down the sidewalk fatally hitting him. 

Apparently moments before Henry Lawrence, 22, was trying to purchase booze at the nearby liquor store but didn't have ID on him so he was denied. He left the store in a rage and returned with a knife to threaten the owner. He was chased out by another man with a baseball bat. It was then that Lawrence got into his double parked 1998 Toyota Sienna and picked up two friends on the street. Reportedly, one of the friends ended up behind the wheel of the minivan which then jumped the sidewalk, speeding down it in what many guessed was an attempt to hurt the liquor store owner or the man who chased Lawrence out with the bat. Instead, the car struck and killed Callender in front of his young children and family.

When the minivan drove down the sidewalk, many others on the street hurried to safety. Another family walking by with a child in a stroller were almost hit before the vehicle slammed into Callender, propelling his body in the air.

Horrifying. Senseless. Callender's sister-in-law Christina Flores who was on the porch at the time said, "We were sitting here joking about his birthday coming on Monday. He dropped the DVD he bought to watch with the kids and he went to pick it up. He didn’t even see it coming."

We can be thankful that Callender's children were not physically harmed from this tragedy, but they are suffering and now without a dad. 

The men in the minivan ended up crashing into a construction wall after it struck Callender who later died at Montefiore Hospital. They all fled from the vehicle, but Lawrence turned himself in. He didn't admit to driving the car, nor tell the police who was behind the wheel. He was charged with possession of a weapon and menacing.

My heart goes out to the family, and those young children who had to witness this tragedy. I hope the others responsible are caught and charged.

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cmjaz cmjaz

How is he not charged with murder? He wasn't driving but he was an accessory which means he should be charged with murder


I had that same thing happen to me only I was lucky enough to get out of the way of the dumb fuck, who was barreling down the sidewalk behind me.So thankful something told me to turn around.

belie... believeitornot

When my boyfriend was very young his father died in a hit and run. They never found out who did it, and my boyfriend never got to know his father. It's very sad, I hope at least who ever killed this man is found out and they take away the opportunity for him to ever do this again.

nonmember avatar Me

Menacing? He should be charged with vehicular manslaughter and charged to the fullest unless he tells who was driving. What a prick. He should also be made pay some sort of yearly damages for help the widow raise the kids. Actually anyone who kills another person should be made pay for the financial hardship they cause the family. They can work in jail, take half their pay, which may not be much but its better than nothing

Lenor... Lenore411

It said Lawrence turned himself in but wouldn't say who was driving the van.  Such a horrible senseless crime.

eem8605 eem8605

Praying for those poor children and his family. I can't imagine seeing what they saw. Many young adults these days never hear the word no and that can lead to these enraged moments. They lack a grasp of reality and in this case it robbed a family of a husband and father. 

nonmember avatar sonya

This was murder and should be charged as such. This lack of respect for living beings [including non-humans] is rampant and should not go unpunished. It is promulgated by the media, writers of graphic violence, and societal conditions. Cultures in our society that condone using violence to solve most problems should be held accountable and made to change. Enough.

Andy Grierson

With all due respect,the author's references to "death" in her personal profile are certainly uncalled for following this article.

nonmember avatar Kurt Algood

In Georgia, a charge of vehicular homocide is a joke. The judge can sentence the perp from 2 to 17 years. Due to overcrowding in Georgia jails, a perp with good behavior walks after two months. I know because I am that perp.

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