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Brawl Breaks Out After Teen Darts Into Street, Runs Into Cab in Hell's Kitchen: Police

The driver insists he didn’t hit anyone, but rather he says four or five people started jumping on the hood of his cab in a fight

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  • A sprawling melee broke out in Hell’s Kitchen and left a cab damaged after a teen ran out onto a street and into oncoming traffic, police sa
  • Police responded to a call of a pedestrian struck by a car Thursday on the corner of West 52nd Street and Eighth Avenue
  • The driver insisted he didn’t hit anyone. Instead, he says four or five people started jumping on the hood of his cab in a fight

A sprawling melee broke out in Hell’s Kitchen and left a cab damaged after a teen ran out onto a street and into oncoming traffic, police said.

Police responded to a call of a pedestrian struck by a car just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the corner of West 52nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Officers found a high school student who claimed to have been hit by the car, but police say it was the teen who hit the car, not the other way around.

The driver of the taxi insisted from the start he didn’t hit anyone. After the teen ran into the street, the situation escalated as more students from the same school got involved. Police soon had to be called in for crowd control as the brawl commenced.

The cab driver says four or five people started jumping on the hood of his Toyota SUV cab as they were fighting in the street. Video showed a chaotic scene as a group of people were crowded around the vehicle, and police were seen bringing at least one person to the ground. 

According to the FDNY, seven people had minor injuries as a result, as many as five of which were members of the NYPD. Another person at the scene suffered minor injuries from pepper spray, the FDNY said.

Police had four people in custody, all were juveniles. There were no charges pending against the driver or any of the teens brought into custody.

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