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Just hours earlier, one of their own picked up his final fare along this very roadway.
Police say 46 year old Amadou Ndiaye was shot once in the chest around 12:30 Monday morning apparently by a passenger he'd picked up on the street.
A wounded Ndiaye slammed into a parked car and then hit a second vehicle and its driver before coming to rest at the intersection of Boston Road and Wilson Avenue.
"The driver from the vehicle that he hit saw a black male coming out of the car and fleeing down the road," said Fernando Mateo of the NYC Federation of Taxi Drivers.
Ndiaye was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
As police try to find his killer, those who knew him are trying to come to grips with his death.
"He's a nice guy. He's a very nice guy. Hardworking guy. Respectful guy," Kabba Jeng said.
Jeng was the slain driver's roommate. He says Ndiaye worked overtime to send money home to his two children in Senegal. He doesn't understand why a robber would believe any driver has lots of cash.
"Everybody who is driving a car knows that cab driving is dangerous. I don't know why they are killing cab drivers because if you kill a cab driver, you don't even find 5 dollars in the their pockets or 10 or 20 dollars," Jeng said.
Eyewitness News has learned that Nydiaye was not a licensed livery driver, though the black Lincoln town car he rented was a legal livery vehicle.
In addition, the car had no partition as required by law and no security camera.
"Drivers still need to understand that in order for NYPD to protect them, they need to help themselves as well," Mateo explained.
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