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Taxi crashes into a pizzeria

March 27, 2009 5:24:58 PM PDT
A young girl grabbing an after-school snack with her mother and sister was among seven people injured Friday when a New York City taxi hurtled into a pizzeria. One person was in critical condition after the crash, and two others were in stable condition, New York City fire officials said.

Frances Rivera was at the pizzeria counter with her daughters when the cab crashed through a plate glass window. "My kids flew from the impact," she said.

Her 8-year-old daughter, Tianna, was among four people who suffered minor injuries, cut by flying glass when the yellow SUV hit Mama's Pizzeria on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Her 4-year-old was unharmed.

Deborah Sapia, Tianna's grandmother, said she rushed to the scene after receiving a panicked call from her daughter-in-law, who was screaming that the girl was bleeding. There she saw the corner pizza place thrown into chaos, shards of glass on the ground and three people laying on the sidewalk as emergency workers performed triage.

The taxi's distraught passenger was brought inside the shop as first responders examined her.

"She was hysterical, she was hurt," Sapia said.

A few hours later, the pizzeria's benches could be seen in disarray inside the shop. The grille of a Ford was propped up against the wall.

Police didn't immediately release the identities of those involved in the crash.


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