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June 18, 2012 3:19:12 AM PDT
The family of a school bus driver beaten into a coma is facing a gut-wrenching decision of whether to take him off life support.

Juan DelValle has been at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx since a minor traffic accident turned into a horrific beating.

Police say Delvalle was driving a school bus when he clipped a car's side mirror. Police say the car's owner, ex-con Joey Scott, punched the 65-year-old grandfather into a coma.

Daughter Mariela DelValle says there's little chance her father will come out of the coma.

"I told him, 'Daddy, I love you and I want you to get out of this,'" she said.

Surveillance video caught the vicious attack two weeks ago. DelValle was inching his school bus down a narrow street in the Tremont section of the Bronx when he hit the mirror.

Moments later, Scott confronted DelValle and punched him twice in the face.

DelValle collapsed, and his head hits the pavement. He has been in a coma ever since.

"If the man had priors, why was he out?" sister Carmen Perez said. "They knew he had done this before. Why let him go?...He's such a happy man, a loving man. I can't believe I have to see him like this."

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