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Taxi causes pedestrian accident; 1 killed, 2 injured

After a tragic pedestrian accident in the Bronx, one person was killed and two were critically injured. The accident occurred when a New York taxi ran into a group of individuals waiting at a bus stop. The pedestrian accident is still under investigation, and it is unclear whether the taxi driver will face criminal charges.

The accident occurred on a snowy night around 6:30 p.m. between 170th and 171st Streets. The incident began when the taxi purportedly sideswiped a vehicle and continued on its course. It is not clear whether the second vehicle was moving or if it was parked. The taxi continued for approximately 100 feet before jumping a curb and heading into a crowd of people waiting for the bus. After crashing into the crowd, the taxi still continued on its course until hitting a building and finally coming to a stop.

One pedestrian was killed in the accident, but information pertaining to the individual has not yet been released. Two other pedestrians, a 5-year-old girl and a 65-year-old man, were critically injured and transported to an area hospital. Their conditions, along with the condition of the taxi driver, are not known at this time.

The authorities are still investigating what might have caused the pedestrian accident. If it is found that the New York taxi driver was negligently operating his vehicle, then the two who suffered critical injuries as well as the family of the person who was fatally injured may be entitled to take civil action against the driver and the driver's employer. The two who were critically injured could file personal injury suits, and the estate of the person who was killed could file a wrongful death suit. 

Source: CBS New York, "1 Dead, 2 In Critical Condition After Taxi Hits Pedestrians In The Bronx", March 20, 2015

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