Taxi fatally strikes pedestrian in Jackson Heights

A 55 year-old man was fatally hit as he was crossing 74th Street at 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

A taxi driver struck and killed a pedestrian last week as he was backing up his vehicle at a Jackson Heights crosswalk, police said Wednesday.

The yellow sedan cab was traveling north on 74th Street just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 19 when it stopped as it was entering into the pedestrian crosswalk at 34th Avenue, cops said. The taxi then began to back up and struck a 55-year-old pedestrian as he crossed 74th Street.

EMS rushed the victim, whose identity was pending family notification, to Elmhurst Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver remained on the scene and the investigation remains ongoing.

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