A taxi drivers group will call for a law making it a felony to attack hacks in the wake of a cabbie getting slashed across the throat by two women going to the Bronx.
Two female thugs – angry that cabbie Mohammed Chowdhury asked one of them to stop urinating in his car – are accused of slicing him with a utility knife in late March.
“I’m lucky to be alive,” said Chowdhury, who suffered a 5-inch wound. “It’s a miracle.”
Chowdhury will relive the March 28 attack Sunday when he appears with New York Taxi Workers Alliance officials to call for more legal protections for cab drivers.
The drivers group wants a “shield law” mandating that felony charges punishable by a prison sentence be levied against anyone who assaults a cabbie, even if the injury inflicted is minor. Eighty-nine cabbies have been robbed this year, according to the NYPD.
“We want the law to deter crimes against drivers, not have their safety be left solely to luck and miracles,” said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the Taxi Workers Alliance. “We want the public to know drivers are not alone; the law is on their side.”
The women hailed Chowdhury on E. 23rd St. for a ride to the Bronx, and he quickly realized that one of the women was urinating in the back of his cab.
“Ma’am, please, you cannot pee in the car,” Chowdhury said he told the woman, Lynette Acevedo, 28, urging her to go to a nearby fast-food restaurant. Instead, she went into a rage , he said.
The second passenger, Kathleen Davis, 20, grabbed Chowdhury’s hair from behind after passing a knife to Acevedo, authorities said.
“My throat was open,” Chowdhury said. “She slashed me from left to right.”
A pair of emergency medical technicians passing by came to the cabbie’s aid and alerted police, who arrested the alleged attackers. Police charged both women with felony assault.
New York Taxi & Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky said he supports the Taxi Drivers Protection Law.
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