Taxi Jumps Curb, Slams Into Duane Reade In Midtown

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An out-of-control taxi crashed into a Duane Reade at East 43rd and 3rd on Monday afternoon leaving three people injured.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

The cab jumped the curb and onto a crowded sidewalk before hitting one pedestrian, 1010 WINS Al Jones reported. The cab driver and his passenger were also hurt.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Talks To Witnesses At The Scene

The driver hit the windshield, according to witnesses and the passenger was taken to the hospital after slamming against the partition.  The pedestrian was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition.

“He had hit his head through the glass — he was bleeding everywhere,” one witness said, describing the driver.

cab midtown Taxi Jumps Curb, Slams Into Duane Reade In Midtown

A taxi cab is seen after crashing into a Duane Reade in Midtown - New York, NY - Mar 12, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

The crash happened just as many office workers were spilling out of their buildings for lunch, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. Witnesses said the cabbie appeared to be speeding and one man marveled that only one person was struck.

“It was lunchtime — it’s always crowded out here…lot of other people jumped out the way though,” that witness said.

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  1. Leslie says:

    I bet Lauren is getting no work done this afternoon. Spending time around everyone’s desk showing the pictures she took of this accident. Lauren is pondering if this is her true calling in life?

  2. Steven says:

    so the driver had on a seatbelt, smashed through the windshield. The passenger didn’t have on a seatbelt and was fine. Guess the lesson to this story is DON’T WEAR YOUR SEATBELT. And how do you know the drivers was unconscious before collision? And, did you grab your camera first or try to warn pedestrians that may have possibly be in the way?

    1. Lauren says:

      We saw his head tiltedto the side before he collided. Someone said he may have had a heart attack. We were on the opposite side of E 43rd. Could see right into the cabs windshield.. Others on the corner where he crashed screamed to warn, but it was too fast. The driver never slowed down. He just drove, never touched his brakes,, hit a parked car, and then smashed into duane reade. He wasnt awake/cosnscious.

  3. Drive-thru now open says:

    So is this Duane Reade a drive-thru now.That will be great parking is bad there.

  4. Lauren says:

    I was one of the main witnesses. I have information and pics. Spoke to the police on site and called 911.

    1. Lauren needs a life says:

      And we care why.

      1. Be Nice says:

        grumpy?

    2. Steven says:

      did the taxi passenger have on a seatbelt?

      1. Lauren says:

        Passenger was fine, no seatbelt. Jumped out of the back. Driver was unconscious before collision. He had one on. His head smashed through his front windshield.

        1. Steven says:

          Wait. the passenger was fine? The article states the passenger was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. Doesn’t sound like fine to me. Are your sure you were there?

          1. Lauren says:

            He got out of the car with help. Wasnt stuck. Positive.

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