Wednesday, July 21, 2010


A driver from my garage was sitting at a traffic light in Lower Manhattan when a drunk woman drove straight out from a side street, plowing her SUV into his cab. He blacked out, and the front ends of both cars ignited into blazes. A homeless man on the sidewalk ran over and pulled the cabdriver out of his burning vehicle. FDNY and EMTs did the rest. The woman was not injured, but she was promptly arrested-- first by her airbag, then by NYPD.

As you can see from the last picture, the cab's interior was so badly charred that if our good Samaritan hadn't acted immediately, my fellow hack might not be around today. According to witnesses, the front of the taxi became engulfed in flames within seconds. The cabbie's report stated that he saw the SUV approaching at full speed and he had no room to dodge it. All he could do was honk fervently, but to no avail. Drinking and driving is NOT okay, folks.

Fortunately, there is a nice ending to the story. When the cabdriver fully regained consciousness on the sidewalk, he realized that all the things he had brought with him for the shift were sitting in the cab, melting away. All he had on him was a wad of cash that he had luckily kept in his pocket. He insisted on giving all of it to the homeless man who saved his life. All sixty dollars, in singles, fives, and tens.


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