A Rego Park couple is struggling to pick up the pieces after their 26-year-old daughter was allegedly struck and killed by a taxicab driver on Feb. 24.
Dispatch first started receiving calls from concerned Queens residents just after 4:30 p.m. this past Sunday. When they arrived at the intersection of 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard, they found the young woman lying unconscious on the sidewalk. Bystanders surrounded her body. She was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived at the scene.
In speaking with witnesses, they learned that the taxi driver has been operating his vehicle in an erratic fashion before he seemingly jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and collided with the victim.
Witnesses also told police how the 55-year-old cab driver fled the scene of the crash after the incident occurred. Some even told police that they chased him down as he turned down a one-way street near 62nd Drive. It's there that they said the taxi driver finally came to a stop.
Investigators who spoke with the woman's parents found out that she had been walking home from her family's Midtown Manhattan restaurant that she managed right before the incident occurred.
Police initially took the cab driver into custody but released him without pressing any charges against him soon thereafter.
Investigators are still trying to determine what may have motivated the taxi driver to drive recklessly. They're also trying to figure out if he was aware that he'd struck someone when he fled the crash scene.
Motorists who are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, distracted by their phones, drowsy or otherwise impaired are no match for New York City's busy sidewalks and streets. An attorney can help no matter how you've been hurt or the circumstances under which your loved one was killed.