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Woman killed by taxi

A woman was struck and killed by a taxi in New York's Upper East Side at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 29. The cab, which was a Nissan NV2000 "Taxi of Tomorrow," began making a left turn onto 79th street when it hit a woman who was crossing the street. The woman, who was 58, was trapped beneath the taxi and was dragged for several feet. When the taxi came to a stop, the woman was still trapped beneath it.

Several pedestrian witnesses in the area turned the taxi on its side in an effort to save the woman, and the collective effort was led by a construction worker in the area. The cab also carried a passenger, a 32-year-old woman, who was treated for minor injuries. The woman who was trapped beneath the taxi was killed.

According to the police report, the cab driver was licensed, and no charges have yet been filed in the pedestrian accident. Reports did not indicate whether or not police believe that alcohol or other drugs were involved in the crash.

In cases where a person loses his or her life as a result of the negligence of a driver, the consequences of an unexpected death can be devastating for the family. The family may be required to pay for funeral costs and cover other expenses that can impose significant financial hardship. It may help families in these kinds of situations to work with a lawyer who has experience in wrongful death cases. The lawyer may be able to help a victim's family pursue a settlement from the insurance provider of the driver at fault.

Source: CBS New York, "Pedestrian Struck, Killed By ‘Taxi Of Tomorrow’ On Upper East Side", August 29, 2014

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