Cabbie stripped of license following fatal crash
Out-of-Control Taxi Kills 2 in Claremont
(Photo by Andre Rivera)
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 23- An out-of-control taxi jumped the curb and killed two people and injured two others as it slammed into a group of people at a bus stop during a snow storm.
Police and paramedics were called to the accident scene outside of 1410 Grand Concourse, that was reported at 6:30 p.m. on March 20.
Arriving officers from the 44th Precinct discovered four victims struck by the outer borough taxi, a green 2007 Toyota Camry.
According to police officials, the taxi was traveling on the northbound service road of the Grand Course at East 170 Street, when the taxi struck a parked 2001 Subaru in front of 1398 Grand Concourse.
The taxi then jumped the curb striking three victims in a bus stop. A fourth victim was reported injured as she sat inside the parked vehicle.
Ronald Lewis, 18, told reporters after the crash, "After it hit the people, it hit the corner of the building and spun around."
EMS reported a 25-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. A 5-year-old girl died as Lincoln Hospital. A 55-year-old man remains in critical condition Bronx Lebanon.
The mother of the 5-year-old victim, an unidentified 39-year-old woman remains in serious, but stable condition at Lincoln.
Police say the 44-year-old taxi driver remained at the scene and was taken to Jacobi Hospital with unspecified, "minor injuries."
Police later identified the victims as Kadeem Brown, 25, a security guard from Sheridan Avenue and 5-year-old Tierre Clark of Ryer Avenue.
Officials confirmed that the still-unidentified taxi driver was later stripped of his hack license by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, pending the ongoing investigation.
Investigators continue to determine if the driver had some type of "medical episode" and if the snow covered streets played a role in the crash.
Susana Madera who lives at the building , but was away at the time of the crash, recalled, "I was at work, but I came home and saw my building on the news."
Asked how bad is the speeding traffic outside her building, Madera responded, "It's very dangerous along the Grand Concourse."
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