6 injured, 2 critically, after NYC taxi jumps curb, NYPD says

A New York taxi driver rammed a cyclist and then swerved onto the sidewalk, hitting three pedestrians, authorities said Monday.

Six people, including the 60-year-old taxi driver, were taken to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue. Both he and the cyclist, described as a 50-year-old man, were stable, according to a Tuesday update from the New York Police Department.

Two of the pedestrians were in critical condition with serious leg injuries, the department said, adding that one was a 48-year-old woman and the other a 32-year-old woman. A third pedestrian, also a 32-year-old woman, was stable with bruises on her body.

The incident happened near the intersection of Broadway and 29th Street, about four blocks south of the Empire State Building, around 1 p.m. ET, the New York Fire Department said. .

The taxi driver “attempted to turn left onto Broadway heading south and struck the cyclist with the front left corner of the vehicle,” police said. “The cyclist was knocked down onto the roadway, and the taxi then dragged the man a short distance, continuing onto the east sidewalk.”

The taxi, a 2019 Toyota Rav-4, continued south on the sidewalk, hitting the three pedestrians and pinning two of them under the vehicle, police said.

A New York taxi jumped the sidewalk and hit several people in midtown Manhattan on June 20, 2022, sending six people to local hospitals, including three with life-threatening injuries, authorities said. John Nacion/Cover Images via AP

“As this is happening, a remarkable scene took place. Approximately 15 to 20 New Yorkers attempted to take this taxi from these women,” Deputy Police Chief John Chell said at a press conference on Monday. afternoon.

After hitting pedestrians, the taxi crashed into a building, according to the NYPD.

The driver remained at the scene afterward, authorities said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called it a terrible tragedy and said the injured were in the city’s prayers.

Two of the victims are from Columbus, Ohio, and two others from Mexico, Adams said. New York officials were contacting the governments where they lived to see if they could be of any help, he said.

There’s a lot of video from the scene, the mayor said. Investigators will also look at stop lights and right-of-way issues, he said.

“We’re going to look into that and come to a full determination of exactly how this all happened,” Adams said.

The mayor also thanked those who took action to lift the vehicle after the crash, saying it shows that “during a time of tragedy, New Yorkers are stepping up.”

Phil Helsel contributed.

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