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Man fatally struck by minivan taxi while changing tire

Man fatally struck by minivan taxi while changing tire on Van Wyck Expressway

The man appeared to have pulled his car to the shoulder of the expressway to change a flat tire when he was struck by the Taxi and Limousine Commission-registered vehicle. The crash injured a woman inside the car, and another woman and child in the taxi, all of whom had minor injuries. The condition of the driver is not yet known.


BY Ryan Sit


Published: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:27 AM

Updated: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:26 PM

Port Authority Police remove a body as they investigate the scene of the crash.

A man apparently changing a flat tire was killed and three other people were hospitalized after a livery cab slammed into a parked car near John F. Kennedy Airport, Port Authority police said.

The victim had pulled his red Chevy Malibu onto the shoulder of the Van Wyck Expressway with a flat tire around 4 a.m. when he was hit, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.

The victim was outside his car when a Chrysler Town and Country minivan registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission struck, trapping him beneath the van, Pentangelo said.

A female passenger in the Malibu, and a woman and child in the van were all taken to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries.

The man who had been inside the car on the right was fatally struck by the driver of the minivan, according to police.

Port Authority Police investigate the scene of a multi-car accident on the Van Wyck Expressway near Kennedy Airport.

Information on the cab driver and his condition was not immediately available.

June Kim, 70, was driving down the expressway when he saw collision.

“I saw the two cars collide. Somebody was trapped under the car,” Kim said.

The minivan above slammed into a vehicle that had pulled off the road to so its driver could change a flat tire, Port Authority Police said.

Along with the fatality, three others were treated for minor injuries.

He said the force from the impact partially knocked the woman in the Malibu out of the car.

“Somebody else was hanging out — halfway in the car and halfway out,” he said.

Port Authority police were investigating the crash Sunday morning.

Stuart DiMartini is a New York City personal injury lawyer and car accident attorney.

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