Police arrested a Connecticut man they say ran over a pedicab driver and fled the scene, killing him and injuring his three passengers in Midtown Manhattan on Friday night.
Mario Sagastumme-Gonzalez, 50, of Stamford allegedly slammed into Ibrokhim Azizov, 24, on East 42nd Street near Madison Avenue from behind, ejecting the pedaler into the street and driving over him, before speeding off southbound on Madison Avenue just before 11:15 p.m. on July 30, according to police reports.
Azizov, of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, had three passengers in tow: a family visiting the Big Apple from Plant City, Florida, including a 46-year-old woman and two 14-year-old girls.
Paramedics rushed all four victims to Bellevue Hospital, where Azizov driver died of his injuries. The three tourists only suffered minor injuries, according to a police spokeswoman.
NYPD found Sagastumme-Gonzalez’s abandoned Toyota Tacoma 10 blocks south at Third Avenue and East 32nd Street shortly after the deadly hit-and-run.
The authorities arrested him Saturday, July 31, and charged him with vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene, and reckless driving, according to police.
Footage from the scene posted on the Citizen App shows the pedicab upturned against a pole on the side of the street.