Taxi driver killed by own cab while chasing robber in the Bronx
By Eyewitness News
New York, July 16, 2019:
SOUNDVIEW, Bronx (WABC): Police are investigating the death of a taxi driver in the Bronx who was run over by his own cab while chasing a thief late Sunday night.
Authorities say 65-year-old Mohammad Zafrullah was robbed by a customer on Seward Avenue in the Soundview section.
The robber ran, and Zafrullah gave chase, but he apparently didn’t put the taxi in park.
Police say the vehicle knocked him down and rolled over him before running into a parked car.
Zafrullah was rushed to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Detectives spent the day going door to door hoping someone saw what happened.
On Tuesday, police said that the incident was caught on video, but it was not released. However, they did release video of the man for whom they are searching.
Zafrullah came to the US from Bangladesh in hopes of a better life for his family, and to support them, he got a job driving a taxi at least 12 hours a day, six and sometimes seven days a week.
The man in the video has not yet been identified.
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers will speak out against the violence facing taxi drivers while offering a reward as police search for the robber.
“The driver lost his life for no good reason,” union officials said.
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