Published June 14, 2013
A New York cab driver reportedly died when a passenger stabbed him in the eye with an umbrella during a robbery, sources said.
The New York Post reports that the cab driver continued to drive for about a block after being gored, ultimately crashing into two parked vehicles on Thomas S. Boyland Street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at about 5 p.m. Thursday.
The unidentified driver was later taken in critical condition to Brookdale Hospital, where he died.
NYPD officials are seeking a black male and female in their mid-20s who were in the driver’s 2000 Mercury sedan. The cab had New Jersey plates and was operated by Freedom Car Service, police said.
Video obtained by The Post from a nearby store depicted the couple getting out of the car and walking calmly away as the cab keeps heading slowly down the street.
“I was cooking in kitchen and I heard a loud bang, so I ran to my window,” said Lena Taylor, 51, who lives on the street. “I saw the cabdriver bleeding like crazy. His face was full of blood.”
Law enforcement sources were unclear regarding the nature of the dispute, but cab-union boss Fernando Mateo believes the driver was robbed.
“It was a terrible way for a man to die,” Mateo told the newspaper.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest, the Post reports.