Taxi Jumps Curb Near New York Hilton, Injures Seven
NEW YORK (AP) _ A taxi jumped the curb and hit five pedestrians at a hotel Sunday, critically injuring two women, police said.
The cab driver, Kabir Azad, 26, and a passenger also were hurt, police said.
The taxi was leaving the circular driveway in front of the New York Hilton Hotel when it went out of control, jumped the curb, struck several pedestrians and hit another cab, police said.
Laura Kluckowski, of Syracuse, N.Y., was trapped between the two cars, police said.
″The cab was still racing forward,″ said police spokesman Joseph Gallagher. ″She was being crushed.″
An off-duty police officer quickly turned off the engine.
Kluckowski, 30, was in critical condition at St. Vincent’s Hospital with two broken legs, authorities said.
Bosi Marina, 36, of San Francisco, was in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital with multiple fractures. The other five were reported in stable condition, authorities said.
Azad was not charged. Police said the accident was under investigation.