28-year-old Asian man, Wei Lin, punched and killed over fender bender
30-year-old Jose Figueroa, allegedly struck Lin with a closed fist and knocked him unconscious
The family of a 28-year-old restaurant worker is mourning his death after he suffered fatal injuries from an assault in Northeast Philadelphia late last month.
Wei Lin received a call on May 24 from another restaurant employee involved in a fender bender while making a food delivery in the Juniata section of the city, police said. Lin went to Luzerne and L’s streets to offer translation assistance for the employee and the other vehicle driver.
Once the two drivers had exchanged insurance information, Lin remained at the scene and conversed with the delivery driver. Investigators said the other driver involved in the accident left the scene.
Moments later, Lin and the delivery driver were approached by 30-year-old Jose Figueroa, who allegedly struck Lin with a closed fist and knocked him unconscious. The delivery driver told police that Figueroa also punched him, but he was not injured.
Lin’s grieving wife spoke to WPVI about the brazen attack that killed her husband. Identified only as Mrs. Zhang, the woman recalled how Lin arrived at the scene, called police and, helped both sides exchange insurance information.
Lin was taken to Temple University Hospital and placed in critical condition in the ICU. He remained unconscious for three days before he was pronounced dead on May 27, police said.
The delivery driver took photos of Figueroa and supplied them to investigators, who arrested Figueroa on June 1.
Figueroa is charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault, and reckless endangerment, according to court records.
A GoFundMe for Lin and his family says he was a father who just had a son three months ago. 6ABC reports he had a 19-month-old as well.
Philadelphia police are not investigating the attack as a hate crime, explaining that Figueroa and Lin did not know each other before the incident. No racial or ethnic slurs were exchanged. Source: phillyvoice.com