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Man in Wheelchair Seriously Hurt After Being Struck by Cab, NYPD Says

By  Carly Miller Aidan Gardiner and Ben Fractenberg | September 25, 2017 3:31pm | Updated on September 25, 2017 6:24pm

"I hit him," said Rabah Benaissa as he sat in his cab near East 86th Street.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A man in a wheelchair was seriously injured when a yellow cab hit him in a Park Avenue intersection Monday afternoon, police said.

"I hit him. He was going very fast through the intersection," said Rabah Benaissa as he sat in his cab at the scene on Park Avenue just south of East 86th Street.

"I don't know how to say it. It feels terrible," said the 55-year-old driver, shaking his head and staring straight ahead. He said that he had never hit anyone before in his 30 years of driving.

Benaissa said he had the signal when he hit the man, whose name wasn't immediately released, about 1:55 p.m.

"I had the green light. I can't do nothing," Beniasser said.

The man in the wheelchair was treated at an area hospital for serious injuries that weren't considered life threatening, according to FDNY and NYPD officials.

Benaissa was seen being put in handcuffs at about 6 p.m., though an officer at the scene said his arrest was for something unrelated to the collision.

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The NYPD did not have any immediate information on what charges he was facing. 

Police said their investigation continues.