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See, this is why angry mobs aren't really a good idea. They're just too quick to judge. For example, yesterday afternoon in East Flatbush a livery driver seemingly lost control of his vehicle and swerved into an 8-year-old riding a bike. When the hack finally stopped crashed his cab into a wall a "group of dozens of bystanders confronted and attacked him."

And then it gets crazier.

The cabby, as he was being beaten, finally managed to explain his side of the story to his assailants. It wasn't that he was a bad driver, he explained, no, it turns out he lost control of his car after "his passenger had struck him in the head with a metal bar" in an attempt to rob him. Upon hearing this news the crowd left the driver and "turned to his passenger, beat him, and tightened a belt around his neck."

Eventually the NYPD showed up, the fare was arrested and charged with robbery and assault. The child and the driver were both taken to hospitals and are both in stable condition.

Detail of abandoned Taxi Parts by Toby via Contribute.