Thursday, May 11, 2017

Old female taxi driver Lena Pitu, 76, of Queens,died when her cab hit a metal barrier on the west sidewalk near Liberty Street.


One driver of a cab was killed Thursday morning in a crash downtown.

The vehicle, which was northbound on South End Avenue, crashed around 1 a.m. near Two World Financial Center.

According to the New York City Police Department, Lena Pitu, 76, of Queens, was driving when the cab hit a metal barrier on the west sidewalk near Liberty Street.

No other cars were involved. No one was hurt.

Police found Pitu still inside when they responded.

It appears she had a medical episode, causing her to lose control of her cab. She did not have a passenger in the car at the time.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.


Police are looking into the death of a 76-year-old taxi driver from Woodside who crashed her cab in Lower Manhattan early on Thursday morning.

At around 1:18 a.m. on May 11, police responded to a 911 call about a yellow taxi that crashed on South End Avenue at Liberty Street, a block west of the World Trade Center complex. Upon their arrival, police found 76-year-old Lena Pitu of 54th Street in Woodside inside the cab.

EMS responded to the scene and transported Pitu to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation by the NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad found that Pitu was driving northbound on South End Avenue at Liberty Street when the cab struck a metal barrier along the west side sidewalk. No other cars or people were involved in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.


MANHATTAN — A cab driver died when she had a medical episode and crashed on South Street on Thursday morning, NYPD officials said.

Lena Pitu, 76, was heading north on South End Avenue when she suffered a medical episode and swerved into a metal barrier at Liberty Street about 1:18 a.m., police said. Police did not say what the medical issue was.

Pitu, who lived in Woodside and has had a taxi license since 1990, was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, police said.

There were no other reported injuries, police said.