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Good Samaritan springs into action to help 78-year-old woman in altercation with cab driver in Brooklyn

NEW YORK — The search is on for a livery cab driver who was caught on digital camera preventing with an aged woman with a cane.

That woman’s household informed CBS2’s Andrea Grymes she is totally terrified, however extremely grateful {that a} good Samaritan, who recorded the incident, got here to her support.

Ezra Halawani, the person behind the digital camera, mentioned he couldn’t consider what he was seeing Wednesday afternoon whereas out for a stroll on East thirty fifth Street in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

“I saw someone pulling out another person from their vehicle, so I pulled my phone out and started recording,” Halawani mentioned.

It was then, he mentioned, he realized the particular person pulled out of the automotive was an aged woman who was hitting the driver with her cane.

Halawani adopted the driver and tried to get him to cease, however he received again in his automotive and took off, police say, hitting Halawani in the method.

“When he hit me, I fell on top of his hood, and I fell on the floor, on my shoulder,” Halawani mentioned.

He mentioned he received proper again up and went to help the woman. He requested her if she was okay and she or he responded by saying she wasn’t after which defined how the driver pulled her out of the cab, took her money, and her telephone.

Halawani then informed the woman that he had managed to get her telephone again.

“I just couldn’t believe that someone could do something like that to, forget just an old woman, just any person in general,” he mentioned.

Police verify the incident occurred at round 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and that the woman and driver received into a dispute about the place he would drop her off.

Halawani mentioned she informed him she was going to bodily remedy, however the driver dropped her down the block and anticipated her to get out and stroll, however she could not.

“She was in bad shape, so he got upset and he went around and pulled her out of the car,” he mentioned.

The woman’s daughter didn’t need to be recognized, however mentioned the household is grateful to Halawani, who made certain her mother received to the hospital.

“She doesn’t want to make a comment. She’s very scared,” the sufferer’s daughter mentioned. “We’re very thankful to the good Samaritan. He saved the day.”

Police mentioned the cab was working as an Access-a-Ride. The Taxi and Limousine Commission mentioned it’s conscious of the incident and is working with the NYPD on its investigation.

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers launched an announcement, saying nothing justifies the driver’s actions and that his TLC driving privileges ought to be revoked.

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