NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A man has been indicted for allegedly running multiple red lights in Midtown Manhattan and colliding with a yellow taxi, causing the cabbie to suffer serious injuries.
Hamza Salman, 28, is charged with one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree reckless endangerment and one count of reckless driving, Manhattan prosecutors announced Thursday.
According to court documents, Salman started speeding with another car southbound down Fifth Avenue on Oct. 30, 2022, around 4 a.m., and ran through two red lights at East 45th and East 44th Streets.
Salman crashed into a yellow cab driver who was driving eastbound on East 44th Street, preparing to turn onto Fifth Avenue, at a speed of nearly 99 mph.
Prosecutors said he was driving so fast that his car came to a complete stop a full block after the crash.
"As alleged, Salman recklessly careened through midtown streets without regard for the safety of others, and severely injured another driver," Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a press release Thursday.
The cab driver suffered multiple, substantial injuries, including broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a broken scapula, which required multiple surgeries.
"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," Bragg added.