77-year-old woman struck, killed by taxi in Manhattan

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) -- A driver has been charged after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a taxi in Chelsea on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the 77-year-old woman was struck at 22nd Street and Eighth Avenue just after 1 p.m.

She was walking in the crosswalk across Eighth Avenue when she was struck. Officials say she was hit so hard that she landed underneath a parked car.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in cardiac arrest where she was later pronounced dead. She has been identified as Iris Crespo.

Police say the 82-year-old taxi driver stayed at the scene to talk to detectives. He said he never even saw her.

"I don't know, what can I tell you, I don't know anything, I don't know what happened, they told me that I hit a woman, I didn't see a woman, that's all," he said.

He said he had the light but witnesses disagreed.

The driver, Daniel Fusaro of Queens, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, fail to yield to a pedestrian, failure to obey a traffic signal and fail to exercise due care.

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