The cab driver who struck and killed a nine year old child will not face criminal charges. Rather, he has been issued a fine in the amount of $580.00.
The cab struck the child as he crossed the street holding his fathers hand. The cabbie was initially charged with failure to exercise due care and failure to signal. Just last week, a Manhattan judge ruled that the child’s death was “not a crime” and issued the driver a fine.
The driver had been on the road less than a year when the accident occurred. The Taxi & Limousine commission did not renew his cabbie license this year.
According to nyc.gov, “4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes. Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors.”
Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024 in New York City. To learn more click here.