A group of New Yorkers came together to try to help a 77-year-old jeweler who became pinned under a livery cab in Manhattan.
At around 8:35 a.m. on Feb. 29, Carol Dauplaise was struck by a livery cab while crossing Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The jeweler was hit by a black Toyota Avalon after the 49-year-old cab driver failed to yield to pedestrian traffic while turning onto Madison Ave.
About 10 witnesses rushed to help Dauplaise after the accident. She had been pinned underneath the vehicle.
Rony Damestoir, 46, told the New York Daily News that he was driving in front of the cab driver when he saw Dauplaise get hit.
“I pulled my car over and I went to see if I could help,” he said. “The lady was already under the car.”
Damestoir added that Dauplaise’s head was “turning blue.”
Damestoir was part of a group of witnesses who attempted to rescue the 77-year-old. The group lifted the cab off of Dauplaise and turned it on its side.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the kind strangers, Dauplaise was pronounced dead after being rushed to Bellevue Hospital.
Cab driver Buddhi Gurung told the New York Post that he is “very upset” and that he did not see Dauplaise when he tried to turn onto Madison Ave.
Pending an investigation, Gurung’s license has been suspended. He has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, according to police.
Dauplaise has been in the jewelry industry since 1979. Since then, her company has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise. The company employs more than 50 people in New York City.