Drunk Driver Ran After Crashing Pedicab In Midtown Manhattan

Original Link 1: https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2021/06/07/reckless-drunk-hit-and-run-driver-arrested-after-midtown-crash/

Original Link 2: https://abc7ny.com/2-injured-after-hit-and-run-driver-crashes-into-pedicab-in-midtown/10756465/

Flipped Car after Pedicab Hit & Run in Midtown Manhattan
Flipped Car after Pedicab Hit & Run

FROM STREETSBLOG NYC

A drunk driver was arrested for hitting a pedicab, several cars and then a pedestrian in a wild, high-speed crash near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Sunday night, cops said.

According to police, driver Ibrahim Dembele was in his car near the corner of W. 40th Street and Eighth Avenue at around 8 p.m. when he backed into the intersection, striking a pedicab and another vehicle. At that point, he fled north on Eighth Avenue, attracting the attention of two NYPD cops on foot patrol at W. 43rd, according to a police spokeswoman.

The cops gave chase — on foot — but caught up with the driver at W. 48th Street because he had struck two more cars and a pedestrian, and then flipped his vehicle. The driver had initially fled on the roadway of Eighth Avenue before jumping into the bike lane and striking the pedestrian.

Police said there were two victims — men ages 43 and 63 — but did not know more about the victims in this preliminary report. Indeed, cops did not have information about the pedestrian that witnesses mentioned in the W42ndSt account.

Dembele, 27, was taken to Bellevue Hospital for testing — and cops said he was later charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving.

FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS ABC7 NEW YORK

A chaotic scene played out in Midtown after a hit-and-run driver collided with a pedicab.

It happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday on 48th Street and 8th Avenue.

Police say after striking the pedicab, the driver, who is believed to be in his 20s, fled the scene.

He later flipped his vehicle after hitting a parked car about 8 blocks away and was taken into custody by police.

Two people were hurt including the pedicab driver, who refused medical attention.

The condition of the injured people is not yet known and charges are pending against the driver.

It is hard being a Central Park pedicab driver during the COVID-19 pandemic

Original Link: https://nypost.com/2020/08/30/the-experience-of-a-nyc-pedicab-driver-during-covid-19/

Pedicab leaving Central Park at West 72nd Street
Pedicab leaving Central Park at West 72nd Street

Tourists are hard to come by in Manhattan these days, but a handful of pedicab drivers are still out there looking for customers.

“It’s dead. Nothing,” Solo Sawajao, 33, told The Post while looking for customers at Sixth Avenue and Central Park South.

Yet despite giving “zero” tours many days amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sawajao and a few dozen others continue to seek out the scarce New Yorkers and tourists interested in a pedal-powered carriage ride.

“There are no jobs anyway,” Sawajao added. “If there were jobs, I would take [them]. But there’s no jobs.”

For the most part, Sawajao and his fellow power pedalers are sitting around with empty carriages.

“I try to work every day, but there is no jobs right now,” agreed pedicab owner Sal, 30, of Brooklyn, whose 10-vehicle fleet — once rented out to fellow drivers — is otherwise collecting dust.

“Before the pandemic, there used to be 250 pedicabs out in Central Park. Right now it’s 10 to 15,” he said.