Elmhurst Man Dies In Freak Accident
While standing outside his parked vehicle, a cab driver from Elmhurst was struck and killed by his own taxi after it was involved in a chain reaction crash on a Manhattan street early on Sunday morning, Jan. 20, police reported.
Law enforcement sources identified the victim as 35-year-old Mir Hoosain of 81st Street.
Reportedly, the accident occurred at 2 a.m. Sunday along East 26th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.
According to information obtained by police, Hoosain was standing in front of his double-parked, yellow cab when a gray 2000 Nisssan Pathfinder-operated by a 42- year-old man and traveling eastbound on East 26th Street-slammed into the rear of the taxi.
The impact of the collision reportedly caused the cab to lunge forward and strike Hoosain and three cars which were parked nearby. One of the those vehicles was a 2008 Honda Accord in which a 43-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat.
Authorities noted that the driver of the Pathfinder remained at the scene following the accident.
Officers from the 13th Precinct responded to the location along with EMS units, which pronounced Hoosain dead at the scene. The man in the Honda Accord was rushed by paramedics to Cornell Medical Center and was listed in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening.
No charges have been filed against the driver of the SUV, and no criminality is suspected, according to law enforcement sources.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad, police said.