Cab Driver Who Ran Over Kids on Bronx Sidewalk Blames Car

The livery cab driver who ran over four children and a woman on a Bronx sidewalk Wednesday blamed the car he was driving.

The driver, identified as Bialo Daillo, spoke with WNBC yesterday.

… Daillo … said he was heartbroken by the accident. The driver said he stepped on the break [sic] and the car wouldn’t stop. He said he feels fine physically, but is sad for those who were injured.

“I just care about the other people; I’m not bleeding. I’m sorry for the other people,” Daillo said. “Nobody wants that. Nobody wants this. I don’t know what happened.”

Daillo was driving a Toyota Camry. Video posted by WNBC shows him speed toward the intersection of Valentine Avenue and E. Kingsbridge Road, drive over a raised median, re-enter the roadway, jump the curb a second time and crash into a building where a group of children were waiting for a school bus. In the video the brake lights of the car don’t appear to activate until after Daillo is on the sidewalk where the victims were standing.

Three of the victims were a 33-year-old woman and her two kids. Two other children were also hurt. According to WNBC, an 8-year-old girl who was pinned under the car was in intensive care at Jacobi Hospital with a broken pelvis and broken legs.

Daillo, who according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission has held a for-hire vehicle license since 1998, works for Uber. Uber told Streetsblog he did not drive for the company yesterday. The TLC suspended Daillo from driving a cab pending the outcome of the NYPD investigation. Unless he is convicted of a crime or traffic offense, he will likely be reinstated by the TLC.

Immediately after the crash, anonymous police sources told the Post “no criminality was suspected.” No charges were filed yesterday. The NYPD public information office could not provide an update on the case this afternoon.

The crash occurred in the 52nd Precinct, and in the City Council district represented by Ritchie Torres.

Mayor de Blasio’s office sent a statement on the crash today, after I asked for one. It did not say the mayor planned to take any action relevant to the crash, such as directing DOT to inspect the site or reform rules that allow cab drivers who harm people to retain TLC licenses.

See prior Streetsblog coverage of yesterday’s crash here, here, and here.

  • I was the subject of an Automotive News article on May 13, 2002 regarding Toyota engine oil sludge. The title of the article was “Charlene’s Web…” My efforts to network with similarly-affected vehicle owners online was highlighted. During that time, I was visited by Bruce C. Ertmann, then CEO of Customer Relations at Toyota. He flew out to speak with me. Hew also flew out to buy out a Highlander owner who had SLUDGE w/ just 12,000 miles in the odometer. I had hoped he would be open to hearing about the growing engine oil sludge problem in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

    Alas, he was NOT interested in hearing about the thousands of other Toyota and Lexus owners who were coming forward to speak up about this engine-destroying condition. I tried to interest him in what the others were saying about the engine condition that was costing the owners thousands of dollars in repair when their engines had to be replaced.

    He told me the engine information was “proprietary”….you know, like the much-coveted information about Toyota’s ETCS-i…and that he couldn’t discuss that aspect. I felt he needed to know that upon OIL ANALYSIS, the engine oil was shown to be prematurely breaking down even with just 2,000 miles in the oil. I felt he needed to know that thousands (roughly 10,000 complaints in the Complaint Station under “Toyota” at the time) of other Toyota owners were going online to find answers. I wanted him to know that these vehicle owners were NOT happy to be BLAMED for improper maintenance and causing their own engine oil sludge.

    I couldn’t help wondering WHY Mr. Ertmann traveled all that distance to visit with me…first at a local park I chose as a neutral location and then for nine hours at my local Toyota dealership in Fairfax, VA…IF he was not interested in hearing about all these seriously-impacted vehicle owners. WHY did he come that far then?

    Obviously, his mission was to intervene in my singular situation. He wasn’t there to help the consumer-networked group. Perhaps he wanted to end my online presence in the engine oil sludge matter? Perhaps he was there for damage control? Perhaps he was there to help Toyota bury its head in the sand further? Perhaps he needed to keep up the corporate denial mode? Perhaps he didn’t want to reveal the real reason Toyota and Lexus vehicles were FRYING the oil (yes…it looked just like goopy, burnt oil)? After all, WHY would a CEO of Customer Relations go to the trouble to single out a very online-vocal vehicle owner?

    I thought it was interesting that Mr. Ertmann, in addition to holding a business degree, holds an IT degree as well. His internet technology expertise is impressive! I wasn’t so impressed, though, when while online in real-time via e-mail with Mr. Ertmann much later (because I guess I didn’t shut up?), I experienced a strange computer intrusion which caused me to have, in effect, a computer crash. Yes, my internet security software program indicated lots of attempted malicious intrusion attempts previously, especially originating from California. BUT, that one intrusion put my computer out of commission at the time.

    So the big question is, does Toyota welcome information about a large group of vehicle owners experiencing major failures? Does it seek to uncover the real cause in these instances OR does it take an easier BLAME THE OWNER approach?

    Additionally, when Toyota comes out with “voluntary programs” or is forced to act after class action lawsuits, does it do so to the satisfaction of its customers?

    I sought to answer that question when I created the online Toyota Engine Oil Sludge petition long after Toyota claimed to have just 3200 affected sludge victims. The results of that petition…which gathered 3318 signatures despite DDoS on the site and petiton saboteurs…showed that Toyota was not honoring its public promises. It was STONEWALLING its loyal customers.

    Is that what it’s doing in the sudden unintended acceleration debacle NOW? Is the Robert & Kathy Ruginis case just the tip of the iceberg? Have the voices of the victims not been yet heard publicly? Is there an urgent need to have public disclosure about an ETCS-i problem?

    Let’s find out…

    Charlene McCarthy Blake

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    You still haven’t told me why you didn’t post on that story i told you about here where the Camry hit the side of a building. I thought those were your favorite stories? I also told you about a Toyota and Jeep crash, but the comments for that one have been closed. That station only keeps comments open of some stories for a day or so. i don’t know why.

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    Yeah yeah yeah. I’ve got that one memorized. Did they claim your comments bordered on hysterical ( and they didn’t mean funny hysterical)?

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    So you didn’t answer me, Why do you cherry ick your stories to make it seem Toyatas have more accidents than any other make? I see accidents here every day. Five in the last two days, two fatal. Where were you? Bet you won’t answer that will you?

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    Why do you insist you know so much about al these accidents when you weren’t there? You said yourself that someone can’t corroborate a driver’s story because he wasn’t in the car. How can you justify you doing just that?
    Bet you won’t answer that one either.

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    One more question you won’t answer: Why did you never hear back from all those reporters you tweeted for more information? I remember two in Meriden, Ct. you asked for information from that you never heard back from. The reason I remember those two is because I moved here from Meriden. Lived there 30 years.

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    It should be about time for Charlene and Azar to take their leave from this forum. They can’t answer the tough questions I’ve presented them with, so off they go.

  • The_Lone_Wolf

    The thing Charlene and Azar seem to not realize is that by failing to answer my direct questions, they prove they have no case.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    BWAH

  • Alexander Vucelic

    so the professional driver willingly continued to drive a 4,000lbs 375 hp machine 45 MPH in an area packed with schoolchildren DESPITE knowing his car had a killing defect ?

  • Alexander Vucelic

    killer drive knew his car was dangerous and still used it ?

  • neroden

    So is the car being held as evidence to be professionally examined for mechanical failure? …didn’t think so. They don’t care.

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