Family Sues City For Taxi Death In Rego Park
In New York City, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), is responsible for overseeing the licensing and regulation of New York City’s Medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles. In order to operate for-hire, licensees must undergo a background check, have a safe driving record, and complete 24 hours of driver training. Vehicles licensed by TLC are inspected for safety and emissions. At a minimum, for-hire vehicles must be insured for a minimum of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per accident, $200,000 personal injury, and $10,000 for property damage. These rules even cover services offered by companies like Uber and Lyft.
The Forest Hill Post reports on the parents of a woman killed by a taxi who are suing the city for negligence.
On February 24th, 26-year-old Sherena Hundalani was standing on the sidewalk next to a Mobil service station at 63rd Road and Queens Boulevard waiting to cross the street. A green cab hit her from behind, dragging her beneath the vehicle.
Lakhvinder Singh, the driver of the taxi, fled the scene. Police caught him later at 62nd Drive and Junction Boulevard.
Hundalani died at the hospital of her injuries.
Singh was later released from custody and no charges have been filed by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Hundalani’s parents have filed suit in the incident, naming the City of New York, the Department of Transportation, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission. They are seeking $25 million dollars in damages, claiming that the various entities knew of the dangerous situation at the service station, and allowed it to continue.
The suit alleges that the service station where Hundalani was struck was often used as an illegal turn-around for taxis picking up and dropping off passengers.