April 26, 2011 – Bronx, NY – An out of control taxi cab caused the death of 1 woman and the injury of 6 others inside a department store on Bainbridge Avenue and E. Fordham Road. NY Daily News reports that the incident took place on the afternoon of April 21st at the Cee & Cee Department Store in the Bronx. The first victim, Carmen Ahmed, 61, was just stepping out of the store when the vehicle plowed through the front entrance. Witnesses say the cab driver was trying to make a turn at the intersection and lost control. Also injured were 6 others: 2 passengers inside the cab, a 50-year-old man and 4-year-old girl, and 3 customers inside the store. The 46-year-old cab driver was also injured. All victims were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital suffering various injuries. Ahmed was pinned under the cab after the crash and suffered serious trauma including 2 broken legs, and later died from her injuries. The incident completely shattered the glass of the storefront, causing serious damage to the building and sidewalk area. When police arrived, witnesses say, the driver was waving his hands in the air. There is no word on charges filed against the driver, although witnesses claim the speed the cab was traveling at was excessive. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.
To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York are:
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
- single-vehicle crashes;
- rollover accidents; and
- “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.
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