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Police say NY motorist called Sikh man a terrorist, mowed him down with truck, dragged him

Police have arrested a 55-year-old New York man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck.

The encounter happened July 30 in Richmond Hill, Queens.

The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/1o8TRKo ) that Joseph Caleca and 29-year-old Sandeep Singh exchanged words because Singh's car door was blocking the street.

Police say Caleca called Singh a terrorist before hitting him with his truck. Police say Caleca then accelerated, hit Singh and dragged him several feet before fleeing.

Caleca, of Setauket on Long Island, was arrested late Monday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime. No information on a lawyer for him was available.

Singh was treated at Jamaica Hospital for abdominal and back injuries.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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