Driver Ran Red Light, Killed Pedestrian in Harlem: Police

What to Know

  • Police say a driver ran a red light in Harlem early Sunday morning and fatally struck a pedestrian
  • The 65-year-old victim was crossing Frederick Douglass Boulevard at West 128th Street when a Taxi & Limousine Commission vehicle hit him
  • Charges against the 60-year-old driver are pending, police say

A 65-year-old man was killed early Sunday in Harlem after a Taxi & Limousine Commission vehicle that ran a red light struck him and at least three other cars, police said.

The victim, identified as Cleo Fields, was walking crossing Frederick Douglass Boulevard at West 128th Street when a 60-year-old man, who was not a licensed TLC driver, crashed into an Infiniti, and subsequently ran into the man who flew onto the windshield of a parked car nearby, according to police and witnesses.

Police say the driver was "driving recklessly" and due to the extent of his injuries, he was not able to perform a breathalyzer test.

Charges against him are pending. 

A 27-year-old female driver of the Infiniti was checked by paramedics at the scene and was expected to be fine. 

The impact on the parked vehicle caused a chain reaction damage to another parked Toyota, police said.

Witnesses at the scene said the crash generated a loud bang and scared many pedestrians at the busy intersection.

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