By Carol Tannenhauser
On Sunday around 6:50 PM, a taxi cab, reportedly traveling west at high speed, clipped two parked cars on West 75th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, then flipped over.
The cab driver suffered injuries that did not appear to be serious, according to a Central Park emergency medical worker. There was a passenger, a police officer told the Rag, but he took off. “He didn’t want to get involved with EMS.”
A crowd gathered and stared in amazement at the upside-down car. “It’s like a movie,” someone said. The mood was upbeat as no one was seriously hurt, and it was a beautiful, breezy night before a holiday.
The man whose car was hit by the cab said, “He came flying down the street at 100 miles an hour! I was just turning the wheel to pull out when he hit me, hit the car in front of me, and flipped over. I can’t believe it. I haven’t taken this car out of the garage in 22 years!” It was a “BMW M4, 2000,” he said. His phone rang. “They wasted my M4,” he told someone.
A police emergency vehicle arrived around 6:20pm and, using chains, they dragged the taxi, wheels up, down 75th Street into the middle of Central Park West. Then, again using chains, to the oohs and ahs of the crowd, they flipped it.
The cab driver was taken to Mt. Sinai Morningside. The BMW was pushed back to the curb.