A New York City taxi driver was killed early Saturday in Queens when he chased down passengers who tried to rob him, police mentioned.
Kutin Gyimah, 52, a married father of 4 younger youngsters, was dropping off the 5 individuals round 6:30 a.m. at Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard within the Rockaways when the mindless violence unfolded.
He ran after the group to confront them when at the least one of many passengers took a swing on the cabbie, sending him flying to the road, the place he cracked his head close to Arverne Playground, police mentioned.
The would-be thieves then took off towards Beach Channel Driver, safety footage obtained by The Post from a close-by bodega, Deli from the Block, exhibits.
Responding officers discovered the Bronx man mendacity within the roadway, close to a playground a couple of half block away, with “trauma to the again of his head,” the NYPD mentioned. He was pronounced lifeless at St. John’s Hospital.
“This is a poor hardworking man, how will you go away your property and NOT return, that is outrageous. We are indignant, we’re in disbelief, we would like justice,” mentioned Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
“These murderers have to be caught and we are offering a $15,000 reward . . . All funeral bills shall be coated by the house owners of Big Apple Taxi Fleet Management the place Mr. [Gyimah] labored,” he mentioned.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and “she assured us that the NYPD will discover these accountable,” he added.
Gyimah’s widow, Abigail, with whom he shares youngsters ages 3, 5, 7 and eight, was “speechless — crying, wailing,” mentioned Mateo. “Every time she seems to be on the footage on the wall she breaks down.”
A GoFundMe for the family had raised greater than $17,000 by Saturday afternoon.
“All by the worst days of the pandemic, he was one of many few who nonetheless drove a cab to offer assist for our metropolis and its residents,” based on the web fundraiser.
A City Hall spokesman known as Gyimah’s killing “not solely devastating, however unacceptable . . . We prolong our deepest condolences to the sufferer’s household, pals, and coworkers throughout this painful time and we’ll work diligently to carry all individuals accountable to justice.”
‘Wild, wild west out right here’
“The world is loopy, man, and it’s occurring all over the place,” mentioned one deli buyer. “People are getting shot on the prepare and getting robbed, killed, slashed. It’s the wild, wild west out right here.”
Police sources mentioned the lethal beating was caught on video, though the NYPD didn’t instantly affirm that.
Mateo informed The Post he deliberate to carry a information briefing Sunday with the sufferer’s household and “a sea of yellow cab drivers” in attendance.
The final crime-related demise of a yellow taxi driver was in July 2019, when a driver acquired out of his car in The Bronx and was run over by the cab as he chased a passenger who’d stolen his backpack, Mateo mentioned.
In July 1997, a 65-year-old yellow taxi driver was shot lifeless in an obvious theft on the East Side.
The incident occurred within the a hundred and first Precinct, the place main crimes are down 5% in 2022 by Aug. 7 in comparison with the identical time final yr, however burglaries are up 11%, grand larcenies climbed 15%, automotive thefts jumped 18% and the variety of capturing victims has climbed by 29%, NYPD information present.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore and Haley Brown