NEW YORK (PIX11)– The mother of 21-year-old Taja Johnson is in seclusion at the family’s home in Mount Vernon, too distraught to talk about the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death.
“She was dragged for a distance as a result of having been struck by the car,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Johnson was struck and killed by a livery car driver early Saturday morning in Harlem. The cabbie identified as 53-year-old Boubacar Bathily did not stop.
Bathily who apparently borrowed the vehicle from a friend to make extra cash, eventually turned himself in. He’s charged with driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and failing to exercise due care.
Mamady Camara is his roommate, “He was afraid of the young people at the scene of the accident to not be attacked by those young people, the fact that he return that he went to the police station to turn himself that a great thing to do.”
But that’s only part of the story. What happened leading up to the accident has cops digging for much more information. A witness told us he heard Johnson arguing with someone inside a car.
“We know this much that the woman exited the car. Issues as to how that happened is under investigation she was with somebody by the name of Jason who was driving a car owned by his sister, so we don’t know if she was pushed out of the car or if she went out of the car on her own. We do not know what force made her exit the vehicle,” said Commissioner Kelly.
Johnson landed in the middle of West 133rd Street at Eighth Avenue and that’s when she was hit. A source close to the case told PIX11 that investigators have spoken with Jason once, and plan to question him again.