NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 16-year-old faces second-degree murder and robbery charges in the death of a cab driver run over by his own car.
Police say the teen turned himself in Tuesday with his mother. He is being held in jail as he awaits his first court appearance.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women In Violation Of State And Federal Law, AG Investigation Finds
Mohammad Zafrullah, 65, of Brooklyn, was found lying the street with severe head trauma around 11:45 p.m. Saturday in Soundview. He was taken to the hospital, where he died a few hours later.
“My father truly was a fighter and New Yorker through and through, and he went fighting until the very end,” Zafrullah’s son, Tawsique, said Tuesday.
Police said when the driver dropped the teen off on Seward Avenue, the suspect reached back into the cab and stole his bag.READ MORE: Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand And Many More Call On Cuomo To Resign
Zafrullah got out of the car to chase the teen, but forgot to put it in park.
“He got out of the car rather quickly, right behind us here, and the car ran over him, severing his spine and injuring his head,” said Fernando Mateo, head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
Family gathered at Zafrullah’s Brooklyn home in mourning. He leaves behind two adult children.
“Always looking out for his family, sort of very much keep to himself and be nice to people around him,” his nephew, Ronnie Momen, said. “A compassionate person.”MORE NEWS: NYC To Require Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Dining, Fitness And Entertainment
The suspect’s name has not been released because of his age.