A man and a toddler are both dead after a taxi cab apparently jumped a curb in the Bronx. New York police are still piecing together the tragic car accident that claimed the life of a 25-year-old man and a 5-year-old girl on the evening of March 20. So far, no charges have been filed, and police are withholding the identities of the deceased parties pending notification of the families.
It appears as though the driver of the taxi cab, who has also not been identified publicly, lost control of the vehicle around 6:30 and jumped a curb, driving headlong into a crowd of pedestrians. Several people were injured in the crash, but the brunt of the impact was centered on the two fatalities. EMS and bystanders attempted to administer emergency resuscitation to both individuals, who were later rushed to a local hospital. They were both pronounced dead after arrival.
So far there has been no word as to what caused the driver to lose control of the cab. Police reconstruction is underway, and they will also likely interview other bystanders who may have seen more of what happened. For the moment, it does not appear the driver is in police custody.
The tragedy of the loss of a child cannot be understated. Even if no criminal charges are filed in connection with this car accident, it does not change the fact that two people have lost their lives. The families of these victims, as well as any other injured parties, will be entitled under New York law to file wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits against the driver, any other owners of the vehicle and possibly the driver’s company as well.
Source: The New York Post, “Curb-jumping taxi kills toddler and man at Bronx bus stop“, Larry Celona, March 20, 2015