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Driver Purposely Crashes, Cites Allah, Psychic Powers

| by Zach Cohen
The smashed bumper of veteran Scott AlcalaThe smashed bumper of veteran Scott Alcala

Driving from Fresno to San Jose, California, veteran Scott Alcala's car was struck by Ameer Abbaf Fakhraldin's white SUV, causing Alcala to fishtail into oncoming traffic before smashing into the barrier. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. 

"I saw the Suburban coming right at me about to T-bone right into the driver door and I thought that was it," Alcala told KMPH. "A second later I turned my head and just smashed into the barrier."

According to Alcala, "The off-duty police officer went to talk to the other driver in his vehicle and he said, 'Are you alright? That was way too fast,' and [the driver] said 'I did it on purpose. It was in the name of Allah.'"

Fakhraldin estimated his speed was 200 miles per hour, and said he used psychic powers to control the steering wheel, the police report notes.

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The police report also says Fakhraldin claims the crash was caused by "Allah and other citizens' lack of faith in him," as well as "Donald Trump's improper treatment of minorities," according to the Daily Mail.

The responding officer also said Fakhraldin's comments were erratic, and that he showed "apathy and neglected interest." He was reportedly not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

Alcala similarly noted Fakhraldin's detached behavior. "There was no remorse. He just went back to his car nonchalant, pulled out a water bottle and just posted up," he said.

Alcala likens Fakhraldin's actions to terrorism. "He was just trying to target as many people as he could. He was just trying to cause a pile up. It wasn't me personally. It was as if someone were to throw a bomb in the middle of downtown, it's no different, it's the same thinking." 

Police haven't yet defined the crash as an act of terror, although the Daily Mail reports that the FBI has gotten involved with the case. It's unclear whether Fakhraldin will face charges, but according to the California Highway Patrol, he is no longer in custody. 

The prospect of facing what he considers terrorism at home is unnerving for Alcala. He said, "Coming back from Afghanistan, thinking I'm on home soil I'm safe now ... just shouldn't have to worry about something like that, you know?"

Sources: KMPH, Daily Mail / Photo credit: KMPH

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