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Yellow Cab Sued After Driver Strikes Pedestrian

Yellow Cab and one of its drivers has been sued by an Austin family for $1 million after the driver hit a woman crossing the street.

On March 13, 2013, Zebeida Rivera-Roan, 72 years old, was hit by Yellow Cab driver Foad Assou at approximately 2:00p.m. at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Chicon Street. Ms. Rivera-Roan, who was legally blind and required a walker, was transported to the hospital, where she died three days later.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Vehicle Crash Report noted two passengers were inside Mr. Assou’s taxi. According to court documents and Todd Kelly, the attorney for the Rivera-Roan family, “they started screaming for the taxi driver to stop. ‘Stop! There’s a lady there! Stop! Stop! Stop!’ and he just kept going.” Mr. Kelly stated, “we want Yellow Cab to be responsible for its drivers.”

The TxDOT Report also noted Mr. Assou turned left onto Chicon Street and yielded to oncoming traffic. However, he did not yield to Ms. Rivera-Roan, who was crossing westbound on Cesar Chavez Street across Chicon. Ms. Rivera-Roan suffered internal bleeding and spine fractures as a result of the crash.

When someone is injured or dies in an automobile accident, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the injured party’s right to recover.

Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue a claim for such injuries or fatalities.


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