A 16-year-old Bronx teen was slashed ear-to-ear Wednesday by a driver who went berserk when the teen put his bookbag on the hood of the man's prized BMW.
Tenth-grader Gabriel Quinones was at a Throgs Neck bus stop on his way to school when he plunked his bag on the hood of a gray BMW parked on Hutchinson River Parkway East.
The outraged driver jumped out of the car and started screaming at Quinones.
When the teen talked back, the driver pulled a knife and stabbed him once in the chest and slashed him five to six times across the face and neck, police sources said.
"I can't believe the guy did this over a backpack, putting it on a car!" said Quinones' 78-year-old grandmother, Gabriela Gomez.
Quinones, a sophomore at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, was in critical, but stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center.
"They said he died and came back to life," the victim's grandmother said, as she pantomimed her grandson's wounds by dragging her finger across her own throat.
"His eyes are open but he can't talk."
A quick-thinking witness jotted down the car's license-plate number,and police traced the 2005 BMW X5 to Kayanne Ferguson, 29, of the Bronx.
The driver got a lawyer and told Bronx detectives he would turn himself in, but did not immediately do so.
"To do this to a kid, over something so minor - the kid is lucky to be alive," a police source said.
Theteen was stabbed shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday at a bus stop nearPublic School 160. Several parents of elementary-school children saw the bloody aftermath.
"He was ... sitting with blood on his face," said Cecilio Valle, 50, who had just dropped his 9-year-old son off at PS 160.
Gabriel was neatly dressed in his school's uniform - dark blue pants and a light blue dress shirt.
Valleat first thought the teen had fallen and hurt himself, but he soonlearned that what had happened was no childhood accident.
"It's crazy. It was a kid!"
Gabriel's father, Martin, said his son was a quiet kid who never ran with a rough crowd.
"He'sa good kid. We play paintball sometimes. He goes to school and staysout of trouble," the Metropolitan Transportation Authority employeesaid.
"I'm working all night when I get a call that this had happened. I can't even imagine. ... I'm just glad my kid survived."