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Man in Viral Snow Plow Video: "It Was Very Painful"

Pedro Plaza's friends say they find the viral video "very funny," but he recalls the mishap being "very painful"



    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014)

    The man who was knocked over by a wave of snow kicked up by a plow truck on a Brooklyn street last week was surprised Tuesday to learn that video of the blast has gone viral. 

    Pedro Plaza, a 33-year-old married father of two, says he's the person in the video seen being knocked over on the sidewalk in front of a car dealership on Coney Island Avenue shortly after 5 a.m. last Wednesday.

    "The video I don't see, but my friends say, 'I saw your video, very funny!'" said Plaza. "Very painful to me." 

    Plaza said he wasn't paying attention to the oncoming plow until it knocked him down in a torrent of ice and snow. Even his wife didn't believe him until she saw the video on TV.

    "She asked, 'What happened, you fight with somebody?'" he said. "No, the one truck came to the street and put the ice in my face."

    "'No, I don't believe it,'" Plaza says his wife told him.

    Plaza only thought to call 311 to report the incident later.

    Plaza returned to the scene of the mishap Tuesday, where the employees inside the dealership who had put the surveillance video online greeted him. 

    "We're excited that he came back, we're excited that he's in one piece," said Steven Sasson, co-owner of JM Legend Auto Group. 

    The dealership's front door had also shattered when the wall of snow went up. The Department of Sanitation says it has apologized to the dealership owners.

    The workers who were operating the sanitation truck are facing disciplinary action, according to a department spokeswoman.