GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville police Chief Mark Holtzman addressed a video circulating on social media Wednesday, reiterating that an 18-year-old who was knocked unconscious at a large party early Sunday morning was not run over by a car.
Police said a fight broke out at the intersection of Fourth and Summit Street, and Dasir King, an ECU student, was knocked unconscious with a hit from behind.
Then, in the video, a car appears to run King over.
Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said based on medical records and King’s first-hand account, the car, which the video shows approaching King, did not hit him thanks to a good Samaritan who stopped it.
“You can see the car does run over the top of the legs but didn’t make contact with him,” said Holtzman. “So we checked the medical records, checked with the victim. No, he was in fact not run over. Had it not been for the hero who steps into the frame that stops the car we would have a different story.”
Holtzman said also wanted to dispel rumors the assault was racially motivated.
“Fortunately, in this case, we had video that was turned in through social media and also from the victim themselves to us,” said Holtzman. “And the particular victim that was assaulted was actually assaulted by someone of the same race, so racially motivated for the main assault in this one is going to be ruled out.”
Police said King told them he called some of his friends for backup after he was denied entrance into the party, which was when the fight began.
His nose was fractured, and he suffered a chipped tooth. He was transported by Greenville Fire-Rescue to the hospital.
Greenville police said they are still looking for a suspect in the assault who they believe is a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, about 190 pounds, wearing a blue polo shirt and khaki shorts. He was last seen walking north on Summit Street, officers said.
Police are also looking for the driver of the car, who they said could be a witness.
In addition to the fight, detectives with the Greenville Police Department are also investigating a report of property damage at the same residence.
Later in the morning, at approximately 3:00 a.m., tenants told police reported someone threw bricks at the home, shattering two of their windows.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has additional information, is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315.