A New York cab driver was in for a surprise when a passenger hijacked his taxi for an hour-long joyride through the city that ended in a terrifying airborne crash.
The dramatic story began at 7:45am when the cab driver picked up a passenger at the corner of Essex and Grand Streets. After a three block drive, the 44-year old passenger said he wanted to get out of the cab.
When the suspect exited the cab, he lied to the driver and told him he had a flat tire.
As the cab driver got out of his vehicle to check the tires, the con artist jumped into the drivers seat and sped off with the taxi.
The cab driver tried to utilize his GPS system to locate his missing cab, but was unsuccessful.
The joyride came to an end around 8:30am when the thief slammed into a white Lexus SUV on the other side of town near West and Chambers Streets.
The luxury SUV went airborne from the impact and was left lying on its side atop an elevated median. The collision was so violent, it could have been deadly.
“It was pretty loud – you could’ve heard it three, four blocks away. It was very loud. It startled me,” said eyewitness Karlin Chan.
Two men, both 37, inside the luxury SUV were injured and were taken to the hospital and treated for injuries.
The driver of the hijacked taxicab was also injured and was in police custody.
YellowCabNYCTaxi.com Staff Writer