Man Pinned Under Taxi in SoHo After Driver Says He Was Blinded by Sun
SOHO — A taxi driver who hit a pedestrian in a SoHo intersection said he was momentarily blinded by the Friday morning sun before the crash.
"There was so much sun I couldn’t see anything," said yellow cab driver Kha-Am Rahaman, 30. "The next thing I know there’s a guy in front of my car. I just brake and he fell. I saw the guy on the ground and called 911."
The 31-year-old pedestrian, whose identity was not immediately released, was walking east on Spring Street when the cab turned left to head north on Crosby Street and hit him about 8:15 a.m., according to police sources and the FDNY.
“I was crying. The guy wasn’t moving. He was bleeding on one side of his face. His leg was under the car,” Rahaman said.
The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but where he's expected to recover, a police spokeswoman said.
Investigators don't believe any criminality was involved in the crash, sources said.
Rahaman said he's been driving cabs for more than a year and "never had this problem."
"I'm so sorry. I hope God helps guide him and everything is OK," Rahaman said.