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Hit and run: Shot cabbie collides with Heights brownstone

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A passenger shot a livery cab driver in the neck then fled from the car after it smashed into a Brooklyn Heights brownstone on New Year’s Eve, police said.

A 19-year-old Bronx resident asked the taxi driver to stop on Willow Street near Clark Street in the quiet neighborhood at around 10:30 pm, according to cops. As the cab slowed to a halt, the passenger allegedly asked for change then pulled out a gun and shot the 43-year-old cabbie, causing him to swerve into the house.

“He heard a gunshot and realized he was hit, then lost control and crashed,” a police source said.

That’s when the gunman jumped out of the tan sedan and ran away, according to a witness.

“A few seconds [after the accident] a guy came out of the car and took off,” said onlooker Juan Rivera. “It was pretty scary.”

Police say they arrested the shooter as he tried to run down the Promenade. Cops charged him with robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

As of press time, the suspect was being held at Riker’s Island on $300,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 6.

Cops did not release the victim’s name, but said he is in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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trans alt from my bike says:
That's one less car on the road polluting my air today.
Jan. 4, 2012, 11:36 am
ty from pps says:
Attempted murder should also be on the list, no?
Jan. 4, 2012, 12:30 pm
Louise H. from PPW says:
This is all because of that bike lane in front of my house!
Jan. 4, 2012, 2:09 pm
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:
Way to go Brooklyn Paper--only four days late with this breaking "news" story! Perhaps you guys should be classified as historians rather than as a newspaper.
Jan. 4, 2012, 2:45 pm
Fuzzbee from Prospect height says:
ok this is outragged!!!! what is he a JERK?????!!!!!!!! why does everybone around here all the time blame the tan color of a car for everything all the time! the man that tryed to not pay should get a BIG TICKIT!!!!!!! and take away his gun for EVER!!!!! they should give his gun to the bikes so the bikes can shoot the order jerks with the bricks near the big bridge around here-all the time! and the jerk with the gun should have to fix the house too!!!!!
Jan. 4, 2012, 2:57 pm
Butf from uker says:
As usual, the responses are better than the article.

Still, about the whole incident...wtf?!
Jan. 4, 2012, 4:48 pm
Paul from Park Slope says:

Name of the suspect?
Jan. 6, 2012, 7:51 am

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