Cab Crash Injures Pedestrian in Precinct Where Speeding Is All But Legal

A man standing with his wife and kids on a Midtown sidewalk was hit by a cab driver yesterday in a precinct where speeding is practically unenforced by NYPD.

Midtown North officers issued one speeding ticket in 2012. Photo: DNAinfo

The victim was hit at approximately 4 p.m. after two cab drivers collided at Seventh Avenue and 52nd Street, a pedestrian-packed area teeming with summer tourists.

WABC reported that, according to police, one cab driver was traveling south on Seventh and the other was going east on 52nd when one of the cabbies ran a red. But DNAinfo talked to witnesses who said both cab drivers were on Seventh and one, who was speeding, “lost control” and struck the other from behind. Video and photos from the scene indicate that the impact sent both cabs onto the sidewalk.

The crash occurred in the Midtown North Precinct, where local officers issued one speeding ticket in 2012, and as of May had cited nine drivers for speeding in 2013, according to NYPD summons data.

From DNAinfo:

Harun Rashid, who sells posters at the intersection, said it was “scary,” that the cab came within a few feet of his table.

“They’re driving company cars and they don’t care [about the cars,]” he said, accusing the cabbie who came from behind of speeding.

Reports say one of the cab drivers struck a pole and a male pedestrian, who was standing on the corner with his wife and two children. The pedestrian and the driver were hospitalized, according to reports. An FDNY spokesperson said two victims were transported in stable condition, with one yellow tag.

According to an FDNY online forum, a yellow tag is a victim who “has injuries that will require further, but not necessarily immediate, attention.” The FDNY spokesperson said one victim was “slightly worse off” than the other. The Post reported that the cab driver had “minor injuries.”

Yellow cab drivers have killed at least eight pedestrians and cyclists in Manhattan and Brooklyn in the last 15 months, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog. The number of people injured is much higher. NYC cab drivers log more hours per shift than long-haul truckers.

To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Inspector Timothy J. Beaudette, the commanding officer of Midtown North, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The Midtown North Precinct council meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at 339 W. 47th Street, though no meetings are held in July or August. Call 212-767-8447 for information.

  • Anonymous

    “traveling north on Seventh”? That avenue goes south. The WABC link says south. (Maybe it said north when you saw it and the fixed it since then.)

  • Brad Aaron

    Brain said “south,” fingers typed “north.”


  • Anonymous

    Thanks. Not that I’d completely disregard the possibility of someone driving the wrong way on an avenue, but I want to believe that if that were the case, it would have been emphasized in every report of the crash. 😉

  • Brad Aaron

    That would have buried the lead for sure.

  • Anonymous

    So in the last 15 months the cabbie death count is at eight, the NYPD’s death count is at three during the last 18 months and the death of pedestrians by cyclists during the same time period is what? Zero? Yet folks are up in arms about the increase in the number of cyclists.

  • JamesR

    Can you explain what a ‘yellow tag’ means? I can’t be the only one who doesn’t know what this is.

  • Daniel Winks

    Yes, but cabs don’t begrime the city like the safety bicycles do!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Only one speeding ticket last year? You should stand on 9th Ave in the mid 50s (in that precinct) some time. It’s like a freeway.

  • Alex Knight

    We all know bikes are the real menace. And of course there have been zero deaths caused by bikes. All those tickets the NYPD is handing out to cyclists in empty intersections are obviously working!

  • Brad Aaron

    It’s in the story?

  • KillMoto

    Someone please explain to me why cabs are not required to be equipped with dash cameras, and why commercial vehicles like trucks and taxis don’t have their black boxes read any time they’re involved in a crash causing minor injury or property damage above $50?

  • Tubbs

    When I go to the summons link, I see 290 speeding tickets in may in midtown north. What am I reading wrong?


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