Pedicab driver struck and killed in Midtown Manhattan hit-and-run crash


MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY – A man is under arrest after police say he struck and killed a pedicab driver in Midtown Manhattan and then left the scene, the New York Post reports.

The incident took place in the area of East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue at about 11:15 p.m. Friday night. The NYPD said 42-year-old Ibrokhim Azizov was driving a woman and two teenage girls in his pedicab when it was struck from behind by a Toyota Tacoma.

Azizov was ejected onto the street where he was then hit by the Tacoma driver, according to investigators. Azizov, a resident of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, was pronounced dead after being taken to Bellevue Hospital. His passengers, a 46-year-old woman and two 14-year-old girls, were taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.

After the crash, the Tacoma was last seen heading down Madison Avenue but was later found by police parked on East 32nd Street. The suspected driver was subsequently apprehended and was identified as 50-year-old Mario Sagastumme-Gonzalez of Stamford, Connecticut.

He now faces multiple criminal charges, including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter.

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