A car thief jumped into a pizza delivery man's vehicle and ran him over, then fled the scene in southwest Minneapolis on Father's Day.
The incident happened June 20 on the 3400 block of List Place around 5 p.m., with Dave Rabenstein left lying unconscious and severely injured. According to an online fundraising campaign started by his stepdaughter, Rabenstein was delivering for Domino's Pizza when the dangerous crime unfolded.
Rabenstein was approximately 5 feet from his vehicle and delivering an order at an apartment when someone jumped into his running vehicle, his stepdaughter Noelle Quinn said.
"Dave's instinct kicked in and he ran after it, the car went down a dead end and turned around, Dave stepped off the curb waiving his hands for the assailant to stop and was then struck by the his stolen SUV and was thrown and ran over," she wrote.
Quinn said the impact was so intense that the vehicle's airbags deployed, causing the SUV to crash into an embankment, totaling it.
Rabenstein suffered numerous serious injuries:
- Bump on his head
- Scraped face
- Bruised jaw
- Stitches near his eye
- Muscle tear on his right side ribs
- L1 compound fracture of his back
- Broken wrist
- Chipped knee along with a "huge hematoma below his left knee"
His fractured back and concussion symptoms have made him bedridden, only able to get up to use the bathroom, shower and go to medical appointments.
"I am heartbroken that my dad almost got murdered. We are seeking any information about the crime and/ or persons involved, pleading for anyone to come forward to help our family heal, since we are the ones suffering the damaged from one criminals actions," Quinn wrote.
Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder described the incident as a "stolen vehicle hit and run with the suspect fleeing on foot." The investigation remains open and active and no further information has been provided.
The fundraiser was launched to help cover expenses as Rabenstein will be recovering for months, with his wife also taking time off from work to care for him. The campaign has raised approximately one-third of its $15,000 goal.