🚑 Driver Charged For Crashing Into Yellow Cab At 100 MPH In October
Manhattan DA speaks out on reckless driving incident that left veteran TLC driver Golam Uddin critically injured
Hamza Salman faces charges for crashing into a yellow cab driven by Golam Uddin in October, causing critical injuries to the TLC driver.
Salman is accused of driving at almost 100mph and going through two red lights before crashing into Uddin's cab in midtown Manhattan.
District Attorney expressed concern for the victim and emphasized the importance of protecting TLC drivers who perform a vital service.
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“As alleged, Salman recklessly careened through midtown streets without regard for the safety of others…Our cab drivers perform a vital service and deserve the utmost protection, and our thoughts are with the victim as he recovers from these injuries.””
- Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg
Hamza Salman, 28, faced multiple charges for crashing his BMW M5 into veteran TLC driver Golam Uddin's yellow cab at ~100 mph in October last year. Prosecutors claimed Salman drove through two red lights at East 45th and 44th streets before colliding with Uddin's taxi, which was propelled a full block south to East 43rd Street.
As per reports, Uddin suffered critical injuries, including broken ribs, collarbone, and scapula, which required multiple surgeries. Uddin's wife, Masuma Akter, told the New York Daily News that her husband, who has been driving a cab for almost 27 years, loves his job and has his own taxi.
"He likes this job. He has his own taxi…He says, 'I love my job.'"
- Masuma Akter, wife of injured TLC driver Golam Uddin
We extend our heartfelt wishes to Mr. Uddin, his wife Masuma, and their friends and family during this extremely challenging time.
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My heart goes out to this man! Don't we all know, who own and drive taxis, what is takes to
carry on every day in this difficult industry. The chances we take "no matter what" and very
rarely recognized for what we do in getting the so-called "piece of the rock" is sometimes impossible but we keep going on like the Duracell battery. Get well and maybe justice will prevail.
Why almost half a year for plainly obvious charges while the victim’s family awaits justice enduring the taxi driver’s excruciating recovery and financial loss? Such recklessness in one of the most pedestrian-heavy areas of New York City should have charges of least attempted murder.