A 28-year-old Philadelphia business owner has passed away after he was punched following a car accident involving his employee. Wei Lin passed away on May 27th after he was assaulted three days before, reports 6 ABC News. Police arrested Jose Figueroa for his alleged involvement in the crime.
On May 24th, one of Lin’s restaurant employees was making a delivery when he got into a minor car accident on L and Luzerne streets in the Juniata section. The employee didn’t speak English so he called Lin to help him communicate with the other driver.
Lin helped the two sides transfer information and called the police. But according to Lin’s wife, a man related to the driver came out of nowhere and punched Lin in the head.
“The suspect came out of nowhere,” Lin’s wife Mrs. Zhang said recalling what the delivery driver told her. “It was a fist and a really heavy hit at my husband’s head. My husband collapsed.”
Lin was transported to the hospital unconscious and suffering from brain damage. He died three days later from his injuries.
Initially, police were investigating the matter just as a car accident. It wasn’t until they were notified by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation(PCDC) that an assault occurred.
“At the beginning, police just treated it as a fender bender,” John Chin, the executive director of the PCDC said. “Our agency notified police and said, ‘Hey this fender bender became a very violent incident against a male victim.'”
Police said they are not investigating the matter as a hate crime because the two men didn’t know each other and no slurs were exchanged.
Jose Figueroa has been charged with manslaughter.
Wei Lin leaves behind his wife and two children ages 3 months old and 19 months old.
A Gofundme has been setup to help the family.