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Moscow Driver Shuts Up Angry Old Man by Running Over Him (Video)

The driver gets out to inspect whether his own car has been damaged.

A Moscow driver has turned himself in to police two days after a video showing him running over an old man in a road rage incident went viral.

The video, plastered across the Russian media and getting hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube since Monday, shows the driver of a white BMW running over an old man who approached his car to criticize his driving.

After running over the victim, whose body was smashed between two cars, the driver gets out to inspect whether his own car has been damaged — or perhaps just to check whether any blood has been smeared on its white paint.

Seeing that his car is fine, the driver gets back inside and drives away. An adjacent ambulance is also shown leaving the scene as if nothing happened.

The driver was identified as 33-year-old Muscovite Alexander Prutyan by the tabloid LifeNews, known for its extraordinary access to Russian security officials. Prutyan reportedly came to police to explain that he had acted impulsively in a fit of rage.

He said he did not have anything in common with the "hooligan" he appeared to be in the video, the Lenta.ru news site reported. He remains in police custody and if charged could face up to eight years in prison for "inflicting grievous bodily harm."

Muscovites regularly have cameras installed in their cars to record incidents on the road, often for insurance purposes.

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