At approximately 5:50 a.m. on Mar. 2, a 42-year-old woman from California was putting her luggage in the trunk of a cab near Times Square when she was struck by another cab. The first cab was being driven by a 61-year-old veteran cab driver and was parked at a red light when the woman began loading her luggage in it. A second cab, driven by a 34-year-old rookie, slammed into her, pinning her between the two vehicles.
The rookie had recently finished his probationary period in 2014 and alleged that he did not see the woman in the dark. He further stated that he braked and thought that he had struck the cab, not the woman. The accident occurred at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue.
NYPD officials said that neither of the drivers was charged and they both remained at the scene of the accident. They are continuing to try to discern why the rookie driver’s cab didn’t stop. Officials were also still deciding on disciplinary action and if any will be taken.
The injured woman was transported to Bellevue Hospital. According to police, she was receiving treatment for her injuries and they were not life threatening in appearance. Her husband stated that she was undergoing surgery and her family would be flying in to New York so that they could stay with her for the recovery period.
When anyone is injured in a car accident, they could be facing a long period of recovery. Mounting medical bills, critical care and loss of work could be placing an even bigger amount of stress on the victim, making life more difficult. A personal injury attorney could help by representing him or her in a lawsuit aimed at pursuing compensation to help with those pressing financial issues.
Source: DNAInfo New York, “Woman Pinned Between Two Cabs Near Times Square, Police Say,” Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner, March 2, 2015