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Collision between Unlicensed Cab Driver and Bicyclist Results in Fatality

An unlicensed livery cab driver was recently arrested after he fatally struck a bicyclist in East Harlem on the morning of August 18, 2014.

According to the NYPD, the 65-year-old cab driver was headed south on Park Avenue alongside the 25-year-old bicyclist at about 5:15 a.m. When he turned his vehicle left onto East 108th Street, he struck and fatally injured the cyclist.

The collision resulted in the cyclist being dragged for approximately 80 feet along 108th Street before the cab driver’s vehicle came to a stop, said police. The young cyclist was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver remained on the scene where he was arrested for driving without a license, a right of way violation, and  failure to exercise due care.

Furthermore, other sources have noted that the driver was not registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is required of all taxi drivers under New York City law. However, it is not immediately clear if the driver had been picking up passengers and taking fares, which would be illegal without a TLC license, or simply driving the car.

Further reports from residents in the area suggest that the area, where the collision victim was killed, has long been dangerous for bicyclists as cars zip up and down Park Avenue.

When someone loses their life through the negligent act of another, a wrongful death claim can often help to give families closure. In a wrongful death case, the personal representative of the estate of a deceased victim may file a lawsuit against those responsible for the person’s death. A court may award the victim’s family damages for associated losses, including lost wages, the cost of care, and many other monetary costs as well as conscious pain and suffering.

If you lost a loved one as a result of a taxi accident or bike accident, please contact our New York City bike accident lawyers to discuss your case.  Our experienced accident attorneys will fight for your rights.



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