Saturday, May 19, 2012

Man in Critical Condition After Jumping From a Cab on the Upper West Side

UPPER WEST SIDE — A man was seriously injured after he leaped from a taxi cab at a busy Upper West Side intersection early Friday morning, authorities said.

The man, 21, was sitting in the back seat of a cab at 5 a.m., when the driver says he opened the door and jumped out onto Columbus Avenue near West 72nd Street, police said.

"He just opened the door and jumped out of the back seat," said a police spokesman. The man suffered serious head trauma as a result, police said.

"This guy just jumped out of the cab for whatever reason," the spokesman said.

The victim was taken to Roosevelt Hospital in traumatic arrest, FDNY officials said, and he continued to be in critical condition on Saturday, police said.

It was not immediately clear why the man jumped from the vehicle.

Editor's Note: Based on early FDNY reports, New York originally reported on May 18 that the man was injured after he had been struck by a car. Police later said he had jumped from the moving cab.


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