Taxi driver killed in horrific early morning crash

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jan 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-20 21:25:24-05

NEW YORK (PIX11)– A shoe, shattered glass and pieces of metal scattered along East 26th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.  It’s where cab driver Mir Hoosain was killed around 2 a.m. this morning. Julie Arnheim lives above the accident scene, she said she knew it was bad as soon as she heard it, “I absolutely hear this huge horrendous crash and I knew instantly there was a death involved.”

Hoosain was taking a break, standing in front of his double parked cab, when suddenly a Nissan Pathfinder slammed into the yellow Crown Victoria taxi, sending the 35-year-old cabbie flying.

The impact of the crash was so powerful; it drove the pathfinder and cab into three parked cars including a Honda.

Wook Kim was sitting in it at the time. He returned to the scene after being checked out at a hospital for injuries. One witness says he is lucky to be alive.

A parked cab was also hit, along with this car whose owner came to look at the damage.

The 42-year-old driver of the SUV was not injured. Police say alcohol did not play a role, but it’s not clear yet if he was speeding.  Though cab drivers typically ride through or stop to take breaks on this street, this morning was very different.