MANHATTAN, N.Y. — A cabbie in lower Manhattan allegedly struck and killed an 80-year-old woman who was walking on Broome Street. The New York Post said that the fatal collision happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019. The cabbie remained at the accident scene, and police took him into custody. Authorities later released the cabbie with a desk-appearance ticket to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court at a later date. The police brought charges such as failure to use care and failing to yield to a pedestrian.
New York City Police Department accident investigators have released little information about the tragic fatal crash that happened on a bright, warm Saturday afternoon. The New York Post reported that the 44-year-old cab driver was making a left-hand turn from Centre Street onto Broome Street around 4:30 p.m. when he ran down the woman who ultimately died from her injuries. The photograph of the accident scene accompanying the article appearing in the New York Post shows the bring yellow cab situated in the middle of the street, coming to rest over the center of a crosswalk. Police have not said whether the woman who died was walking in the crosswalk at the time the cab driver hit her. The officers did not say whether the cab had a fare at the time.
Officers placed the cab driver under arrest and gave him a desk-appearance ticket. Police issue desk-appearance tickets to compel people charged with misdemeanors and E-class felonies who are a low risk to flee the jurisdiction to attend Criminal Court, in this case in Manhattan, to answer to their charges. Police have the authority to issue desk-appearance tickets to people under arrest only. The people receiving desk-appearance tickets promise to appear in court at a designated time for arraignment and, once arraigned, the case proceeds through the system as if the police arrested the driver and held him for arraignment within 24 hours of arrest.
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