A livery cab driver was killed in Midtown this morning after accidentally hitting the wrong pedal on his Ford Expedition.
According to police, the tragic accident went down around 11:18 a.m. on Madison Avenue near East 49th Street, when the 58-year-old driver double parked his car to open the door for a pair of passengers. As he did, he noticed the car was drifting in reverse, and opened the driver's side door in order to lean in and hit the break. Instead, he hit the gas, sending the vehicle forward and crushing him between his own car and a parked Ford Econoline. The driver was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Expedition continued its journey down the street, until a quick-thinking onlooker intervened.
“After a few whistles I took it upon myself to jump into the vehicle to secure it,” witness Mike Conlon told DNAinfo. "It seemed like the thing to do."