Four people were hurt, including a 44-year-old suspect tied to a hijacking of a yellow cab, in lower Manhattan on Sunday morning, officials said.
The hijacking incident started when the unknowing cab driver picked up a man around 7:45 a.m. at Essex and Grand Street. The cab driver drove three blocks when the passenger said he wanted to get out, officials said. When the passenger got out of the car and lied about the cab having a flat tire. When the cab driver got out of the car to inspect it, the suspect hopped into the driver’s seat and sped off.
The hijacker tried to find the location of his car and made a call to the cops and tried to use his GPS unsuccessfully, police said.
The hijacker was stopped when he crashed the car into a Lexus at the intersection of West and Chambers Streets around 8:30 a.m. The Lexus was forced onto an elevated median and was lying on its side in the middle of the intersection due to the impact of the crash.
“The cab was getting chased by the cop car,” witness Doreen Caban, 52, told reporters. She said the police vehicle had its lights and sirens on. “I kept looking to see if the cops were going to stop the cab. They made it to the next block, and that’s where they crashed. The car went airborne, and it landed on its side.”
The 37-year-old driver of the Lexus and and his 37-year-old passenger were pulled from the car. They were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
The runaway driver, who was also injured in the accident, was arrested. Charges against him have not been revealed.
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Source: New York Post