An elderly woman in New York City was thrown out of a city paratransit service car by the driver, whom she also alleges stole her phone.
The woman, 78, was on her way to a physical therapy appointment in Marine Park in Brooklyn when she got into an argument with her Access-A-Ride driver.
Access-A-Ride is a paratransit service operated by the MTA and the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). It provides transportation for New Yorkers with disabilities who cannot access subways and buses.
The argument took place after the woman realized the driver took her past her drop off point, reported.
The incident was recorded on camera by a Good Samaritan who attempted to intervene and de-escalate the situation.
‘Guys, guys, what’s going on?’ the passerby says as he approaches the car.
‘Call the police! He robbed my phone!’ the woman yells as she beats him with what appears to be a cane.
The driver appears to be holding an object that looks like a cell phone.
‘This is an old woman! Can you not do that? Can you not stop and run away? You’re gonna have to run over me,’ he says just before the driver proceeds and hits him.
The footage was shared by , who are asking for the community’s help to identify the driver.
Both the woman and the Good Samaritan were taken to the hospital and are reportedly in stable condition.
TLC has confirmed that they are aware of the footage.
‘TLC is aware of the incident and is working with the NYPD on their investigation,’ they stated.
They have not released any further details about the driver.
The NYPD has not released any information about the suspect yet. Metro.co.uk has reached out to the department for further comment.
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